Collectively, the Clippers’ road trip was not exactly a success, with defeats in Philadelphia, Boston and Indiana, but victories in Detroit and Toronto. On an individual level, however, it was an opportunity for Kawhi Leonard to show his best level since his return from injury.
Of the four games he played on this “road trip”, the winger thus compiled 23.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists on average, with 56% success in shooting including 40% from afar.
“In terms of his explosiveness, I don’t think he has fully recovered, or at least has complete confidence” assure Tyronn Lue. “But in terms of his decision-making, the timing to go to his “spots”, to shoot or make passes when the opposing team takes him two, to make the right choice, that’s very good. »
The winger’s playing time limit hasn’t officially been lifted, but the Los Angeles manager admits that averaging 35 minutes in recent games, Kawhi Leonard is roughly at the level he was aiming for.
With 17 points in the third quarter against the Pacers, the former Spurs and Raptors indeed shows that he finds his offensive sensations.
“I’m on the right track, I still feel fit, and that’s what counts” he assures. Moreover, the opposing teams are starting to systematically send him two-man catches, like the Raptors.
“It’s just a compliment to me to see that (two-man strikes and blitzes)” conclut Kawhi Leonard. “It means that I do a good job of getting my spots, and creating for my teammates. »