Clippers fined $50,000 for coach Doc Rivers' statements on resting Kawhi Leonard

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The NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 on Thursday for “statements, including by head coach Doc Rivers, that were inconsistent with (Kawhi) Leonard’s health status.”

The Clippers rested Leonard for load management in a nationally televised game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, which caused a minor uproar over the league’s policy preventing teams from resting healthy players in nationally televised games.

The league supported the Clippers’ decision in a statement, saying, “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 at this time on an injury protocol for back-to-back games.”

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