Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
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Kawhi: 'Shocking' NBA detailed knee injury

Kawhi: 'Shocking' NBA detailed knee injury

In a statement announcing the fine on Thursday, the league said it continued to believe that Leonard has an injury but questioned Rivers' remarks. His field goal percentage this season (40.1) is well below his career mark (45.4).

The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for statements made by coach Doc Rivers and others that were "inconsistent" about Kawhi Leonard's health.

Leonard has already missed two of the team's first nine games with the infamous load management, but one can't argue with the results thus far.

A free throw by Simons pulled Portland with 100-99, but Williams nailed a 3-pointer with 32.5 seconds left to increase the margin to four before Rodney Hood sliced the Clippers' lead to 103-101 with 17.5 seconds remaining.

"That Lou and [Leonard] combination down the stretch was lethal", Rivers said after the win over Portland.

"I'm not getting into it".

Portland got 22 points apiece from their backcourt stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but the team had an terrible shooting performance - 39 of 104 from the field (37.5 percent) and 11 of 39 (28.2 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. "Our offense was below average and we were still able to win".

"I thought Anfernee played terrific", he said.

The Clippers had to come from behind to claim the win, which moved them to 6-3 on the season and into the West's fourth seed.


Rivers got doused by Montrezl Harrell in the postgame locker room to celebrate his milestone.

There was the bullish drive to the basket "where it looked like he went through everybody", coach Doc Rivers would say later.

Rivers began his coaching career 21 years ago and credited late Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly for vouching for him. "The players are the most important". "He made shots when we needed them".

In a league where three-point shooting has exploded, not making shots from deep is an instant red flag.

To celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary, the Clippers wore Buffalo Braves-styled orange and black trimmed jerseys representing their years in NY state from 1970-78.

There was an exuberant atmosphere with the first 5,000 fans given tube socks.

Lillard usually carries the Blazers in tight contests such as this one, but the multiple All-Star, who recently inked a multi-year contract extension worth $196 million, couldn't deliver this time.

Trail Blazers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday in the second game of a back-to-back, their second of the season.

111.7 - That is the offensive qualification of the Clippers (points scored for every 100 possessions), a figure that occupies the fourth best place in the league and is even more impressive when combined with the fact that the Doc Rivers team has played the most hard calendar of any team, so far, by basketballreference.com.

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