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Clippers star Kawhi Leonard’s injury shows no ‘further seriousness’

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard continues to be hampered by minor injuries. Luckily for the Western Conference franchise, though, the key word in that sentence is “minor.”

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Leonard has once again avoided a serious setback with regards to his ailing left knee. Leonard was diagnosed with a “left knee contusion” and no significant damage was discovered in the tests that the team made to determine the extent of the issue.

Leonard, who is currently in the midst of his first season as a member of the Clippers, has already missed quite a bit of time due to both small setbacks and “load management” — otherwise known as rest. However, many around the league and throughout the national media are not too keen on the Clips employing such a strategy this early in the season.

“He feels great, but he feels great because of what we’ve been doing,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers recently told reporters of Leonard and his playing schedule, via USA TODAY Sports. “We just got to continue to do it. There’s no concern here. We want to make sure. Kawhi made the statement that he has never felt better. It’s our job to make sure he stays that way.”

Despite Leonard being in and out of the team’s lineup this season, the Clippers currently sit in sixth place in the ever competitive Western Conference at 8-5.