The Los Angeles Clippers had been fined $50,000 by way of the N.B.A. on Thursday — punishment for a public proclamation by way of Trainer Document Rivers that his megastar ahead Kawhi Leonard “feels nice” after the league, in accordance with scientific knowledge equipped by way of the Clippers, deemed Leonard to be injured.
The league introduced that the fantastic used to be issued “for statements, together with by way of head trainer Document Rivers, that had been inconsistent with Leonard’s well being standing.”
The Clippers, amid a lot grievance, held Leonard out of Wednesday night time’s nationally televised house recreation towards the Milwaukee Dollars — with the league’s consent. However Rivers due to this fact informed the inside track media that Leonard “feels nice as a result of what we’ve been doing” and that “there’s no fear right here.” The Clippers misplaced the sport, 129-124.
The league place of work, in its remark on Thursday night time, reiterated that the Clippers’ resolution to “take a seat Leonard for control of an damage used to be in keeping with league regulations.”
The Clippers have put Leonard on an damage protocol for back-to-back video games after, in keeping with the remark, the workforce “fairly decided that Leonard is affected by an ongoing damage to the patella tendon in his left knee.”
Rivers’ resolution to publicly give a boost to the notoriously personal Leonard and to downplay fear concerning the participant’s well being in the end price the Clippers a fantastic. Leonard has now not performed in each ends of a back-to-back set for the reason that ultimate month of the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Clippers have insisted for weeks that they intend to observe the plan enacted by way of the Toronto Raptors closing season — which has develop into recognized in N.B.A. parlance as “load control” — which limited Leonard to taking part in in simply one among two video games in each back-to-back scenario when he used to be wholesome.
In his best season in Toronto, Leonard gave the impression in best 60 of 82 video games. Capitalizing on his freshness, he led the Raptors to the franchise’s first championship and used to be named probably the most precious participant of the N.B.A. finals for the second one time in his profession.