L.A. and Toronto will meet on Monday at the Staples Center for the first time since the California native departed in free agency.
Leonard says he didn't go into Toronto after being traded by San Antonio with any preconceived notions about living in Canada. The NBA had fined the Clippers $50,000 before the game for statements made by the team and coach Doc Rivers that "were inconsistent" with Leonard's health. "The league office, in consultation with the NBA's director of sports medicine, is comfortable with team medical staff's determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time".
The NBA approved the Los Angeles Clippers' plan to sit star Kawhi Leonard for a pair of nationally televised games because it believes the forward is not yet healthy enough to play on consecutive nights, a league spokesman said Wednesday. "I'm not a guy that reads the media anyway. He's going to learn and keep growing".
This is the second time the Clippers have been fined this year for comments involving Leonard.
Aside from the fact that it's amusing that Leonard said he doesn't read the media, literally one second after commenting on something he read in the media, he's got a good point.
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You don't have to be much of a sports fan to recall Leonard's one-year journey with the Raptors which saw him lead the team to the 2018-19 National Basketball Association title, while emerging as one of the most beloved athletes in Toronto history in a matter of months. I knew it was great already with Masai [Ujiri] being in there. Leonard said when asked about the league fining the Clippers twice over Rivers' remarks about him.
"It is what it is".
"It's a former team that I won a championship with, but it's [like] any other game". The decision, though, clearly looked as if it paid off Thursday night.
Even if George makes his return there though, fans shouldn't expect to see him playing in consecutive games right away. Leonard leads the league in fourth-quarter scoring so far this season, averaging 13.5 points in the quarter.