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Clippers’ Patrick Patterson calls report about players unhappy with preferential treatment to Kawhi Leonard, Paul George ‘Fake News’

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Los Angeles Clippers big man Patrick Patterson is calling The Athletic’s report from Thursday “Fake News.” The website reported that some Clippers players have struggled with the preferential treatment stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have received this season:

The Clippers are 31-14 on the season. They are in third place in the Western Conference standings, but coming off a road loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Leonard, George and Patrick Beverley didn’t play.

It’s unknown when George is going to return to the lineup, but one thing we do know is the Clippers are going to be cautious with him since hamstring injuries can flare up at any moment and the franchise needs George to be at 100 percent come playoff time.

George has played in 26 games this season. The six-time All-Star is putting up 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists and shooting 42.9 percent overall, 39.5 percent from the 3-point line and 90.9 percent from the charity stripe.

Leonard has appeared in 34 games this season for the Clippers. He’s averaging 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 88.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Medical advice still mandates that Leonard continue to not play in games on back-to-back nights. The Clippers refer to Leonard’s situation as “injury management” instead of “load management” to get around the ambiguities that come with the latter term.