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Los Angeles Clippers fined $50,000 for comments regarding Kawhi Leonard's absence against Milwaukee Bucks

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Less than 24 hours after Kawhi Leonard was absent from the Los Angeles Clippers loss to the Milwaukee Bucks due to 'load management', the league has handed down a $50,000 fine to the franchise.

In a statement released this morning, the league gave the following explanation for the fine:

"Following additional review of the LA Clippers not playing Kawhi Leonard in last night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA has confirmed that the team's decision to sit Leonard for management of an injury was consistent with league rules. The team has reasonably determined that Leonard is suffering from an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee and has been placed by the team on an injury protocol for back-to-back game.

"The NBA has fined the Clippers $50,000 for statements, including by head coach Doc Rivers, that were inconsistent with Leonard's helath status."

As reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Rivers said pregame that Leonard "feels great" and it was the Clippers job "to make sure he stays that way."

Leonard has not played in both games of a back-to-back since the 2016-17 season. He is expected to play tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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