LOS ANGELES – Kawhi Leonard said he would continue to care for his health.
One night after he was out of a Leonard overcame a slow start and helped the LA Clippers erase an eight-point, fourth-quarter deficit, totaling 27 points and 13 rebounds in a 107-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night at Staples Center.
After the win, Leonard found himself answering questions about load management and his knee. Doc Rivers was "inconsistent with Leonard's health." The NBA had fined the Clippers $ 50,000. In that statement, the NBA also detailed Leonard's injury by explaining that the team was compliant with "reasonably" that "Leonard is suffering from an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee and has been placed by the team at
"I mean it's shocking, but it does not matter to me," Leonard said when asked what he thought about the NBA revealing details about his injury ,
After the NBA said. "The best way we can keep healthy and that's the most important thing, is being healthy moving forward."
The Clippers were compliant with league rules in Leonard's outing of Wednesday's nationally televised game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, which Leonard says "feels great," that's not a reason to be worried Leonard stays feeling great.
This is the second time the Clippers have been fined this year. In May, Rivers said on ESPN that Leonard "is the most like Jordan that we've seen" when he's the all-star NBA great Michael Jordan. At the time, Leonard was tampering with the Toronto Raptors before becoming a free agent, and the NBA fined the Clippers.
"For me, I'm on his side, you know what I mean?" Leonard said when asked about the league the Clippers twice over Rivers' remarks about him. "I'm a Clipper, he's my coach." That's what it's for. "
" It's what it is. Like I said, I do not read into it. Basketball games for us. "
Twice this season, Leonard has sat out the first game of a back-to- Oct. 30th The decision, though, has been clearly considered as Thursday night.
Even though Leonard missed 10 of Leonard leads the league in fourth-quarter scoring so far this season, averaging 13.5 points in the quarter.
Not only did he score 15 or more fourth-quarter points for the third straight game, so he outdueled Portland's formidable backcourt tandem of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum into this nationally televised game 0-for-8 shooting.  Meanwhile, Leonard made 6 of 10 shots and all six of his free throw attempts, and grabbed six of his rebounds in the quarter.
"Well, he looked well-rested," Portland head coach Terry Stotts said of Leonard, who scored 18 points in the fourth quarter of a win over Utah on Nov. 3.
Before training camp, Leonard, 28, said he felt much better than he did when he played in a total of 60 games during the regular season. Leonard then played in 24 postseason games, averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Toronto to its first championship and earning finals MVP honors.
Rivers echoed how good Thursday after learning the league's fine. Rivers has straddled the line between Leonard's desire for privacy and his health and the league's stance on injuries and load management. I'm scared to answer that I just will not answer. "
Leonard said he would continue to follow the lead
"It just helps to just push me on something that's not ready," Leonard said of the long-running term benefits of the strategy. Like I say, we're going to keep moving it forward. "