The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks 129 – 124, in a hard fought battle that came down to the last few minutes of play to the surprise of many with Kawhi Leonard inactive.
The injury-riddled past of 2-time NBA Champion Kawhi Leonard has been the topic of discussion. Kawhi has clearly put his health as a priority this season resting now for a second time this season in eight games.
The enticing national televised matchup of Kawhi verse the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokoumpo and the Bucks had the NBA community salivating. To the dismay of many the first game of the back-to-back Wednesday night has prompted Kawhi to sit out of the contest. It’s safe to say there will be many more load management games to come.
Before the game, Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers spoke on Kawhi’s load management. “I think Kawhi made the statement about how he has felt, so our job is to make sure it stays that way. That’s important. But he played a lot of minutes in the playoffs last year. We want to maintain his health. Really it is in some ways, we want him to just keep feeling better and getting better.”
Teams in the Western Conference can’t take any games off and it seems the Clippers are willing to take their chances with Kawhi not playing, prioritizing resting his body. The trend of players resting because of load management has steadily increased over the past few seasons with the intentions of limiting wear and tear throughout the course of the 82 game season.