The playing time of Kawhi Leonard is still expected to be managed throughout the seeding games in the NBA restart bubble.
The Los Angeles Clippers entered this season as the favorites to win the NBA championship. It still stands up to this time and will not change unless any big injury sets the team back. The team started the season shakily, with players moving in and out of the roster because of injuries. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were no strangers to the turnstile.
The team will enter the NBA restart fully healthy. All 15 players in the roster are rejuvenated, which sends a big warning to the rest of the league. Head coach Doc Rivers will have his hands full with such a talented lineup moving forward.
Kawhi Leonard minute restrictions
Leonard said that the four months of hiatus did his health well because it gave him enough time to rest. He added,
“I mean, I feel good. You know, was able to work out, get strong and prepare for this moment now that we’re in. It’s about to be the first practice today, so I’m excited.”
Doc Rivers said that there would be no limits on Leonard’s playing time. However, they will be smart about it. This ultimately means that Leonard may sit out some of the games in the seeding round. In other words, there will still be some sort of minutes restrictions put in place.
Leonard has his eyes on the championship this year. He’s excited about it and will go on headstrong. He said,
“Everybody is happy that a championship will be crowned this year, and if that’s the 2020 championship, then we want it. You know, that’s how I look at it. This is what the layout is, as far as to go out there and complete this journey.”
Los Angeles Clippers’ depth chart
The Clippers management spent the four months of NBA hiatus planning for the NBA restart. They picked up Regie Jackson and Marcus Morris before the lockdown. They even stockpiled on their artillery and signed Joakim Noah along the way.
As such, Rivers will have to find the perfect starting five for any matchup in the Playoffs. Their team’s composition is built well enough to make two starting lineups that can go toe-to-toe with a stronger team. One thing for sure is that Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrel will still both come off the bench.
Their duo is nothing like any other bench duo in the league. Their pick and roll chemistry and scoring punch are unmatched because of their long term history with the team. They figure to fill the void that either George or Leonard will leave if one or both their star players rest.
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