Kawhi Leonard scores 6 points in 25 minutes of Clippers return


Kawhi Leonard scored six factors in 25 minutes in his first sport in over three weeks because the LA Clippers beat the Detroit Pistons 96-91 on Thursday night time in Los Angeles.

Leonard was beforehand listed as out of the sport, however his standing was upgraded to questionable on Thursday morning and he was declared good to play shortly earlier than kickoff.

Leonard began and went 2-for-8 from the sphere, with 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

After taking part in in two of the primary three video games of the season, coming off the bench in each, Leonard skilled stiffness in his surgically repaired proper knee in a morning session earlier than an Oklahoma Metropolis sport on October 25. He missed 12 consecutive video games.

Coach Tyronn Lue stated he did not like the method of pulling Leonard off the bench halfway by means of the second quarter for his first move, because the Clippers did of their first two video games. The aim of this was to permit Leonard to complete the fourth quarter for an prolonged interval and never go away him sitting too lengthy between sport time.

“That was very disagreeable,” Lue, talking earlier than the sport, described what it was prefer to handle. “Yeah, I did not prefer it. I imply, you could have the perfect participant, you look down generally the sport is happening for thus lengthy, you overlook after which [assistant coach Brian Shaw] faucets in your shoulder, six [or] seven minutes move within the second quarter and [says]’Kawhi is prepared.’

“I forgot why the sport goes. So I assumed what’s finest for us and to ascertain a rhythm, beginning it will be finest.”

Leonard didn’t play final season after tearing his proper ACL in Recreation 4 of the Clippers’ second-round playoff collection in opposition to Utah on June 14, 2021.

Paul George (left hand damage), who’s questionable, additionally began in opposition to the Pistons and scored 16 factors. Luke Kennard missed the primary of a minimum of a couple of video games with a strained proper calf. Custody might be reassessed in per week.