Kawhi Leonard shrugs off rumored turmoil within Clippers locker room
The Los Angeles Clippers notched an impressive 122-117 win over the Miami Heat on Friday. In the postgame interview, Kawhi Leonard was asked about the recent rumors circulating around the Clippers chemistry. Leonard expressed in the interview that “the reporters don’t know what goes on in the huddle.”
Kawhi Leonard responds to The Athletic's report about the Clippers yesterday – "I block it out. It doesn't matter. They don't know what's going on in the huddle."pic.twitter.com/xDtMtNJQ0d
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 25, 2020
Leonard played a phenomenal game as he recorded the first triple-double of his career. He finished off with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in 39 minutes. Leonard has scored 30+ points in seven consecutive games, which is the most in Clipper’s history in 40 years.
For the season, Leonard is averaging a career-best 27.1 points, 7.4 boards, and 5.6 dimes in 32.2 minutes. The 28-year-old is shooting 46 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the arc. Leonard was recently named as a starter for the NBA All-Star team. He also earned the Western Conference Player of the Week last week as well.
Despite the injuries this season, the Clippers are currently third in the Western Conference with a record of 32-14. In 46 games, George and Leonard have only played 17 games together going 14-3. George has missed the past eight games due to a hamstring injury, however, the Clippers have gone 6-2 during that stretch.
They’ve been playing very impressive this past month winning eight of their last 11 games. The Clippers chemistry seems to be finally clicking in, despite the recent rumors about their chemistry drama. On social media, Patrick Beverly and Patrick Patterson both said the reports were “fake news.” The Clippers will be seeking to extend their win steak on Sunday as they play against the Orlando Magic.