While Clippers are copping plenty of flack for resting their star, the fact that Toronto set the blueprint previous year for Leonard, makes it increasingly hard for Doc Rivers and co.to ignore their recipe for success.
The NBA says the Finals MVP is "not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time".
ESPN reported that the Clippers don't now have plans to start using Leonard in back-to-back games.
ESPN's Doris Burke is not happy with Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard did not play October 30 against Utah, in a game broadcast on ESPN, and will also miss the ESPN matchup against Milwaukee on Wednesday at Staples Center.
"I'm motivated when I play against anybody but obviously when you play against Kawhi - one of the best players in the league - you're going to have a little bit of extra juice in you". In 2018, as a member of the Toronto Raptors, Leonard sat out 22 of 82 games and still went on to lead the team to an National Basketball Association championship. The matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers will be shown by TNT, and Leonard is expected to play.
Also some have openly questioned why Leonard would miss the clash against last year's MVP Antetokounmpo and opt to play against the Trailblazers instead.
"I had to laugh it off", said Bledsoe.
Antetokounmpo played 36 minutes on the night, finishing with 38 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and two blocks while shooting 10-of-21 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.