Leonard perfectly filled George’s vacancy and won the team.
The LA Clippers won the 2022-2023 NBA regular season Oklahoma City Thunder 127-105 at the Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena on the 24th (Korean time).
On this day, the Clippers had to play without Paul George, who suffered a right knee injury in a match against Oklahoma City two days ago. Norman Powell, who played the role of bench ace brilliantly in the first half, was also out of the team due to a shoulder injury, so Kawhi Leonard’s shoulders were heavy.
However, Leonard won the team by proving the dignity of an ace without the help of George and Powell. In 34 minutes and 30 seconds, he recorded 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, including 3 3-point shots, and maintained great shooting condition throughout the game, with a field goal success rate of 86.7% (13/15), and recorded 4 steals in defense. He showed off his value as an air defense commander without regret. 바카라사이트
Leonard, who had to concentrate on rehabilitation without playing in a game last season due to an anterior cruciate ligament rupture injury suffered in the playoffs in 2021, returned to the court this season, but at the beginning of the season, he did not feel like a game, so it is not like Leonard, who often suffers from field hunting. appeared not to
However, Leonard, who returned after taking enough rest to completely relieve the pain in his knee, was different. Leonard, who improved his condition little by little from December, returned to what we know by averaging 27.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists with a field goal success rate of 54.6% in 12 games played in January.
Even in the second half, Leonard’s pace did not drop. After the All-Star break, he is leading the Clippers offense with an excellent stat line of 29.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists on average, 54.9% field shooting success rate and 50.9% 3-point shooting success rate.
The Clippers won 39-35 with the victory that day and kept their 5th place in the Western Conference. However, it is not yet optimistic about advancing to the playoffs as they have only 2.5 games to go against No.
The possibility of returning from the playoffs still remains, but as George is unable to digest the rest of the regular season schedule, he cannot let go of the tension. Leonard’s consistency is more important than ever for the Clippers.