National Basketball Association fines Los Angeles Clippers for inconsistent statements about Kawhi Leonard

National Basketball Association fines Los Angeles Clippers for inconsistent statements about Kawhi Leonard

National Basketball Association fines Los Angeles Clippers for inconsistent statements about Kawhi Leonard

The two-time NBA Champion sat out in yesterday's loss versus the Bucks, a national television broadcast.

The NBA has fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 for statements, including those made by head coach Doc Rivers, that were inconsistent with Kawhi Leonard's health status, the league announced on Thursday. "That's important. But he played a lot of minutes in the playoffs previous year", Rivers said.

If Leonard "feels great", then why isn't he playing, fans wondered? "Let me just say that", Rivers continued. There's no concern here. But we want to make sure. "A lot of teams are considering and doing things to make sure their whole roster is healthy".

"Sometimes you agree with fines, sometimes you don't", he said. This is the second time he will sit out a nationally televised game with that designation.

The NBA can fine teams up to $100,000 for sitting healthy players during nationally televised games. Hopefully, we have enough on the floor that we'll show them a good game.

During his final season in San Antonio, Leonard played only nine games. The Clippers and Leonard have no plans in the near future for him to return to back-to-back participation in the regular season, sources told ESPN. The strategy proved to be successful as Leonard played the most minutes of any player during the postseason and averaged 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Toronto to its first title. The Clippers-Bucks game will be aired on ESPN, and Thursday's game against the Blazers will be on TNT.

Some degree of credit should be given to the Clippers who refused to go quietly on a night they could have easily been blown out.

"Like I said, I don't read into it".

"While I'd like to see Kawhi play tonight, I'd be handling his situation exactly how he and the Clippers are".

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