While speaking to SportsCenter on Wednesday night, the always entertaining Stephen A. Smith gave his viewpoint on Kawhi's "load management" and came through with a unique perspective that hadn't been espoused during the ruckus yesterday.
“Kawhi Leonard isn’t 100% healthy,” Smith said. “There is legitimacy to that left knee injury he’s suffering from. And if you’re a Clippers fan, you don’t give a damn because it’s November. You’ll care on April, May, and June. I can assure you Clippers fans are not complaining about the few games he’s going to miss because they know where they expect to see him come playoff time.”
Without Leonard in the lineup, the Clippers went on to lose a tight game against the Bucks so it's easy to see why fans were upset in the moment. Leonard means a lot to that team but in the end, the playoffs are what's truly important at this point.