Despite the All-NBA offensive lineman Kawhi Leonard, who runs consecutive national television games one week apart, the league has said that the LA Clippers are abiding by their resting rules.
Leonard will miss Wednesday night's game against ESPN's Milwaukee Bucks, his second absence on national television for the second time since the Clippers' back-to-back opening game.
"Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league rest policy and as such was referred to as a knee injury manager in the LA Clippers injury report," Mike Bass spokesman told ESPN on Wednesday. after consulting with the NBA's director of sports medicine, comfortable with the medical team's determination that Leonard is not healthy enough to play back games at the moment. "
Clippers and Leonard are working on a long-term plan for to keep him healthy and this will continue to involve porting parts of his back
Leonard and the Clippers could have opted for a non-national television game last week back to back for his absence, but were not required to do so under league rest policy. Since Leonard is believed to have been injured, the rest policy rules do not apply.
Leonard did not play back to back in early April 2017 for San Antonio. 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.
Leonard did not play in the Utah Clippers' 110-96 loss last Wednesday, which aired on ESPN nationally. The Clippers-Bucks game will air on ESPN and Thursday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers will be on TNT.
Leonard has averaged 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals in six games this season.
All-Star striker Paul George is nearing his debut for the season, planning to participate in training 5 on 5. On Saturday, he has not yet made his debut to the Clippers after off-season surgery on both his shoulders.