Kawhi Leonard reacts to facing the Raptors, load management criticism and the Clippers’ current outlook
Kawhi Leonard on Clippers’ season so far: “It’s been good. Think we still have a lot to build on”
LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard’s first matchup against his former team didn’t go as planned. While the Clippers still pulled out the win, the Raptors knew where to attack best in slowing down their former leader. Leonard was 2 for 11 from the floor with nine turnovers and consistently faced pressure all game.
“They got me better tonight,” Leonard stated. “As soon as I walked across half-court, they’re trying to get the ball out of my hands sending an extra defender. It’s going to get my teammates better. They’re going to do it at times during the playoffs and in the regular season. You know, they’re going to knock down the wide-open shot. That’s what wins games. Open shots. We came out with a win.”
“They did a great job on me tonight,” added Leonard.
When asked about his opinion on the criticism he and the Clippers organization have received in regards to missing games due to load management, Leonard mentioned that his health comes first.
“Just can’t buy into what people are saying, pretty much. My health is number one. That’s what’s going to make us be a better team.”
Leonard also spoke on the team’s growth 10 games into the season. Sitting at 7-3, the Clippers are still missing a big piece to the puzzle.
“It’s been good. Think we still have a lot to build on. I think everybody is still trying to figure each other out. We are still missing PG (Paul George). So, he’s going to come into the mix. He’s going to be a big piece. He’s going to cause a lot of attention.”