By Diego Marquez
After a mediocre start to the 2019-20 NBA season, the Clippers franchise is looking for answers after their 28-13 start that currently has them in the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference standings on Wednesday.
Acquiring Leonard from the Toronto Raptors after winning the 2018-19 NBA Championship, the first in the franchise’s history, the Clippers seemed to be an automatic lock to make the playoffs.
Then on July 2, after a meeting between Leonard and Oklahoma City forward Paul George, George requested a trade to the Clippers. Which was an extreme shock to the Thunder’s general manager Sam Presti.
With George on board, the Clippers became the instant preseason favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA Championship.
Things have not gone as planned with Leonard and George seeing action together only 18 times this season. Leonard has been attributing “load management”, while George is dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that was operated on during the offseason. George missed the first 11 games because of the injury.
The Clippers seem to be figuring out just how to utilize the two superstars alongside the rest of the Western Conference’s fourth-place Clippers, winning four of the last six games.