Leonard has yet to play both games of a back-to-back this season and last played in a set in April 2017, when he was a member of the San Antonio Spurs. Five Clippers opponents have challenged calls, with only the Utah Jazz successful with an overturn during the fourth quarter on November 3.
ESPN reported that the Clippers don't now have plans to start using Leonard in back-to-back games. The Clippers haven't be fined and are compliant with that policy because they listed the reason for Leonard's absence not as "rest", but "load management" of a knee, which falls under the category of injury or illness. However, the National Basketball Association says they are not violating any rules.
The Clippers plan on consecutive nights 13 times this season.
Leonard, who missed all but nine games of the 2017-18 season as a member of the San Antonio Spurs while dealing with quadriceps tendinopathy, has frequently been at the centre of the load management debate after the Raptors stuck to a strategy of resting him during the regular season past year.
"All I can say, if you're a Clipper fan, that's easy to explain", Rivers said. It still was lingering and we knew I had to be healthy going throughout the season and making it to the playoffs. After a year ago, this is obviously the best way to win a championship.
Wojnarowski reported the Clippers have no intention of playing Leonard in back-to-back games during the regular season.
"The issue is take away all back-to-backs", Doc Rivers said of a potential solution to players resting one game of a back-to-back.
Kawhi has averaged 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 30.5 minutes through six games for the 5-2 LA Clippers.