LOS ANGELES – After scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter for the second time this season, Kauhi Leonard said he will continue to monitor his workload management to maintain his health.
One night after being held out of the loss by the Milwaukee Bucks for managing a knee problem, Leonard overcame a slow start and helped the LA Clippers erase eight points, a quarter quarter deficit, a total of 27 points and 13 rebounds 107-101 over the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night at Staples Center.
After the victory, Leonard found himself answering questions about managing his load and knee. The NBA fines the Clippers $ 50,000 before the game for statements made by team and coach Doc Rivers that are "out of tune" with Leonard's health. In that statement, the NBA also detailed Leonard's injury, explaining that the team was in compliance with load management, by "reasonably" declaring that Leonard suffered a continuing patella tendon injury in his left knee and was placed by
"I mean, it was shocking, but it doesn't matter to me," Leonard said when asked what he thought of the NBA, revealing details of his injury, " I'm not the person who reads the media anyway avlyavame best way to keep me healthy and that is most important. I am healthy to move on. "
After the NBA told the Clippers they had complied with league rules to remove Leonard from the national television game Wednesday against Janice Antetokunmp and Bucks, Rivers said before that game that Leonard "felt great" that there was no reason to is also worried that the team needs to make sure
This is the second time the Clippers have been fined this year for comments involving Leonard. In May, Rivers told ESPN that Leonard was "the most like Jordan we've seen" when he likens the All-Star physically to former NBA great Michael Jordan. At the time, Leonard was in the Toronto Raptors before becoming a free agent and the NBA fined the Clippers $ 50,000 for forgery.
"For me I'm on his side, do you understand what I mean?" Leonard said when asked about the league that fined the Clippers twice because of Rivers' remarks about him. "I'm a Clipper, he's my coach. It's just disappointing. It feels like they want players to play if they're not ready.
" This is what it is. Like I said, I don't read it. I have to do what makes me healthy and help the team be successful and that is that I can play basketball games for us. "
Twice this season, Leonard went out in the first game of Back, the previous time losing to the Utah Clippers in what was also a national television game on October 30. However, the decision seemed to pay off on Thursday night.
Although Leonard missed 10 of 13 shots and only had nine points after the first three quarters, he continued to lift his game in the fourth quarter.Leonard leads the league in quarter-to-fourth scoring so far this season, averaging 13.5 points per quarter .
Not only did he score 15 or more fourth-quarter points for the third game, he also exceeded Portland's awesome tandem of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in this nationally televised game. The Clippers defense held the scoreless duo in the fourth quarter in a 0-for-8 shooting combination.  Meanwhile, Leonard made 6 of 10 shots and all six of his free throw attempts and grabbed six of his quarterbacks.
"Well, he looked well rested," Portland head coach Terry Stots said of Leonard, who also scored 18 points in the fourth quarter of the Nov. 3 victory over Utah. "He managed to get him into another gear in the fourth quarter."
Prior to training camp, Leonard, 28, said he felt much better than at the same time a year earlier, and that his workload management would be different from how Toronto handled when he played in a total of 60 games during the regular season. Then Leonard played in 24 postseason games, averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Toronto to its first championship and win final MVP honors.
Rivers voiced how well Leonard was feeling before Wednesday's game, but he won't go into more detail about Thursday after learning about the league's fines. Rivers must bridge the line between Leonard's desire for privacy in his health and the league's position on transparency in injury and workload management. Asked if there was a middle ground between these two competing terms, the veteran coach replied, "I'm afraid to answer. That's my answer. I just won't answer."
Leonard said that he would continue to follow the leadership role of team physicians and his training staff when it comes to managing workloads and outsourcing during back-to-back kits.
"It just helps me push something that is not ready," Leonard said of the long-term benefits of the strategy. "As I said, we will continue to manage it moving forward. I am not a doctor, and so are the doctors and my teaching staff, who keep me informed and just say how I feel and just have to keep moving." . "