Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Beverley out for Clippers vs. Hawks
Kawhi Leonard (knee) and Patrick Beverley are both OUT for the Clippers tonight against the Hawks, says Doc.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 17, 2019
This marks the second-straight missed game for Leonard, who’s having a career year in terms of numbers after nine games for Los Angeles. The 2019 Finals MVP is averaging 26.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.1 steals, and one block per game.
The same goes for Beverley, who was inactive against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Clippers will be missing his 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.5 steal per-game numbers. More importantly, his tenacity on defense will be sorely missed especially against an elite talent like Trae Young, who’s been scorching to start the season.
Los Angeles holds a 7-5 win-loss record which ties the surprising Minnesota Timberwolves’ mark.
Sans Leonard and Beverley, the Clippers will have to rely more on Lou Williams and Paul George. It’s surreal having these two names leading the team during Leonard and Beverley’s absence, further highlighting the Clippers’ dreaded depth and firepower.
In their recent win over the Pelicans, George had a smashing Clipper debut with 33 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Williams also added his own vitriol to Doc Rivers’ flame thrower, registering 31 points, two rebounds, nine assists, and two steals.