LA Clippers blasted for resting Kawhi Leonard for Giannis Milwaukee Bucks clash

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Following Leonard's prior load management absence, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was asked how he would respond to fans who missed their chance to see the forward play in person.

"Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league's resting policy, and, as such, is listed as managing a knee injury in the L.A. Clippers injury report", spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN.

Star forward Kawhi Leonard won't play Wednesday night in a much-anticipated nationally televised showdown with Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the National Basketball Association doesn't have a problem with it, according to an ESPN report.

The team similarly received league approval for Leonard's previous load management-related absence this season, October 30 against Utah, which was also an ESPN broadcast.

Last week, Leonard sat out a game against the Utah Jazz, but played in the Clippers win over the Spurs on Halloween.

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Not only because it's the marquee game on ESPN, but because he won't play against the reigning MVP, but will play against Portland, a game that will be on TNT.

While playing for the Toronto Raptors last season, Leonard played 60 regular-season games under a similar strategy that kept him from playing both ends of a back-to-back. Kawhi not playing is ridiculous at this point.

Bledsoe was set to inbound the ball with about 10 minutes left in the game to Giannis Antetokounmpo from the sideline when he made a decision to dribble the ball upon receiving it from the referee.

Also some have openly questioned why Leonard would miss the clash against last year's MVP Antetokounmpo and opt to play against the Trailblazers instead. "I don't understand it", Burke said. After previous year, this is obviously the best way to win a championship.

Leonard is averaging 29.3 points per game on 47.4 per cent shooting to go along with 7.3 rebounds.

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