Kawhi Leonard has been famous for sitting out of games to help with the recovery of his body and while some people disagree with him for missing so many games, the argument for him doing it is that he gets it done in the playoffs which, for the most part, is true. Kawhi missed out on 15 out of the clippers 72 games this season and they were 3 wins away from tying the lakers record. Assume that kawhi plays for a few of those missed games this season and wins 4 of them. The clippers get the 1st seed and instead have to face the trailblazers, rockets and lakers. It’s no debate that they’d make the WCF and if they beat the lakers they’d go on to beat the heat and become the nba champions. Obviously this is someone what of a stretch and we could easily talk about Paul George and how he didn’t play as expected but I think it’s interesting how people say that kawhis load management doesn’t matter because he can get things done in the playoffs even though he would have been much more successful had he played slightly more in the regular season.
The Clippers cost the Clippers a ring.
The Rockets would have beaten them.
With or without Future MVP Danuel House?
Butterfly effect: if they were playing the Clips he would have been focused on ball not booty. Checkmate atheists!
nAh bbRo they didnâ€™t have house...they canâ€™t beat anyone without house
Rockets in 5
Not exactly, they had no playmaking or schemes, half their games looked like they were just running whoever offense, and I barely saw any off ball movement aside from the bigs. Thatâ€™s not translating to the playoffs, because kawhi and PG(usually) can ge
I think the Bucks and Clippers didnt take regular season seriously enough. Didnt work in enough creativity to the offense or develop enough counters. Coasted on talent a bit too much.
Oh the bucks definitely took the reg season seriously. Bud didnâ€™t. He didnâ€™t adjust the defensive scheme whatsoever even with the tools in order to counter Miamiâ€™s shooting, he just made everyone camp in paint. I really hope bud either goes small or
they were only behind 3 games because of the bubble where they went 5-3 and the lakers went 3-5, before the bubble they were 5.5 games back
Yeah. Load management is terrible! Worked horribly for Spurs and raptors!
Itâ€™s not terrible but it wonâ€™t work in every system. Look at the raptors success this year and youâ€™ll see exactly why they were great when kawhi sat. The clippers without kawhi just arenâ€™t a great team
Theres no way to say it did or didnt for certain. What if he didnt load manage and they lost in the same fashion or lost to the Lakers in the WCF. People would say, See this is what happens when you dont load manage Kawhi!
Load management? No primary playmaker, no interior defence and inconsistency before anything else when it came to this seasons Clippers. Load Management? Come on now.
Him and Pandemic P chocking cost them Plus Glen Rivers was being outcoached and usual.
Nah They really needed a playmaker to smooth things over a bit But honestly, Doc playing Harrell too much and not adjusting killed them
It didnâ€™t help. He tried to short change the process.
> Itâ€™s no debate that theyâ€™d make the WCF
I donâ€™t see an injured blazer team or playoff Westbrook beating them. Iâ€™m a laker fan so Iâ€™m not gonna give a biased opinion on who wins the WCF but they definitely make it there
Nah PG fucked them over
The fact that the Clippers players werenâ€™t able to suck it up and just fucking buy in like the raptors players were is what fucked them.
They just choked and were never better than the Lakers. Playing Zubac and Harrell on AD would have been a disaster.
They finished 3 games behind only because the Lakers werenâ€™t trying during the bubble and finished 3-5. They were 5.5 behind before the bubble
Ever heard of Pandemic P? One superstar canâ€™t do it. LeBron couldnâ€™t beat a loaded warriors team without help.
Well yeah but Iâ€™m not talking about how kawhi plays which is the problem with Paul George. Kawhi does a great job when heâ€™s on the floor. Itâ€™s more so about the when he plays or if he plays.If the clippers had to face the trailblazers and the rocket