‘Kawhi Leonard not playing’ has been trending ever since news broke out of him not travelling with the Clippers team to Orlando.
Why did Kawhi Leonard not travel with the Clippers?
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Kawhi Leonard did not travel with the Clippers to Walt Disney World.
The Los Angeles Clippers arrived at Orlando on Wednesday for the restart of the 2019-20 season. Leonard was permitted by the Clippers to take care of a family matter. Although, he is being expected to join the California outfit in a few days.
Yahoo Sources: Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard did not travel with team to Orlando in order to tend to a family matter. Will join team in a few days. https://t.co/IUs1oqJR73 pic.twitter.com/b9ZaqcJLDq
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 9, 2020
Los Angeles Clippers aiming for maiden triumph
For the very first time since their inception, Los Angeles Clippers are title contenders with Californians Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading from the charge. Before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the clippers had notched up 44 wins. Presently, the Clippers stand in second place in the Western Conference standings.
The Clippers have already clinched a spot in the 2020 playoffs. They will face the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder in the eight seeding games prior to the beginning of the postseason. The Clippers and Lakers are hot favourites to meet in the 2020 Western Conference Finals.
Kawhi Leonard is having the best season of his career
Before the season came to a halt, Kawhi Leonard was having the greatest offensive regular season of his career. Prior to Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test, Leonard was averaging 26.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists.
The four-time All-Star and two-time Finals MVP was also shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Leonard, who began his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs, has career averages of 18.6 points, 6.4 boards and 2.7 assists in 518 regular-season games with the Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Clippers. Many believe Kawhi Leonard may become first player in NBA history to win Final MVP’s with three different teams.