Before the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Washington Wizards on Sunday, head coach Doc Rivers admitted that stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have yet to practice together on the same team.
The Clippers are 15-6 on the season, good for third place in the Western Conference standings. Rivers commented on the unique nature of LA’s season thus far with reporters before the Clips defeated the Wizards by a final score of 150-125.
“I don’t know how many years I’ve coached, 20 maybe, but I’ve never had it where my best two players going into Game 21 have yet to have a practice together on the floor — not one,” Rivers said, via ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azarly. “They’ve had one practice where they’re opposing [each other in practice], but they have yet to be in the same lineup and have a practice.”
George missed the first 11 games of the season recovering from his two offseason shoulder injuries. He’s averaging 23.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 10 games.
Leonard, who is being load managed by the Clippers, is putting up 25.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 15 games.
With Kawhi and George leading the way, the Clippers are legitimate title contenders for the first time in franchise history. It’s impressive the two superstars have good chemistry on the floor despite not having practice time together.