Monstars vs. The Bad News Bears. Game 7. Winner gets LeBron. “I almost feel like we’re The Bad News Bears and I’m Coach Buttermaker,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone offered on the eve of Tuesday’s showdown with the big, bad Los Angeles Clippers. “We’re a team that nobody really looks at and takes us seriously. And…Keeler: Kawhi’s a Monstar. The Nuggets are the Bad News Bears. And Michael Malone’s built an underdog that America’s falling in love with. — Daily News
You might have noticed, Patrick Beverley is serious about winning. Like, ravenously so. Or … so he thought. Beverley recently described the three weeks he spent working out with Kawhi Leonard during the NBA hiatus as life-changing. And Leonard suggested Tuesday that, after the two spent that time training together, Beverley has come back from…Patrick Beverley says training with Kawhi Leonard ‘changed my whole life’ — Daily News
It’ll be a long, fraught road before the Clippers or any of the 21 teams in Orlando can claim Mission Accomplished. But even as they awaited the arrival of Kawhi Leonard later Friday, with the first 36 hours of solitary quarantine out of the way, Doc Rivers’ squad was eager to get down to basketball.…Awaiting Kawhi Leonard’s arrival Friday, Clippers are on a mission in Orlando — Press Telegram
With approval from the team, the Clippers’ star Kawhi Leonard did not travel with his teammates Wednesday to Orlando, Florida, according to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes and confirmed by a league source. The two-time two-time NBA Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year is expected to join the squad in a few days at the…Kawhi Leonard doesn’t travel with Clippers to Orlando, is due to arrive in a few days — Daily News
As the reigning Finals MVP and a two-time NBA champion, Kawhi Leonard is another superstar whom, like Giannis Antetokounmpo, certain analysts believe has now passed LeBron James as the best player in the NBA.Who’ll Take the Throne from LeBron? Can Kawhi Leonard Rule Next Decade? — Lakerholics
Well, this isn’t how Kawhi Leonard hoped his lawsuit against Nike would go. The Los Angeles Clippers star has lost his suit claiming Nike illegally copyrighted the “Klaw” logo he designed. But U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman, however, has ruled the design Leonard helped create alongside Nike is an “independent piece of intellectual property”…Kawhi Leonard Loses Lawsuit Against Nike Regarding Famous ‘Klaw’ Logo — NESN.com
The question after every off-season transactions always is the same. Are the teams better than it was last season? Obviously no team wants to sit stagnant, especially if one of the bottom tiered teams that is looking to generate a league buzz and get better, and compete. Adding Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to LA […]Paul George and Kawhi Leonard brought the Clippers to another level — VegasTopDogs Sports Blog
SACRAMENTO — It should be Saturday at the latest that Nick Nurse will have his full complement of players at his disposal.Health means options which means decisions for Nurse … Remember Dewan Hernandez? … The Kawhi myth — Toronto Sun
SACRAMENTO — It should be Saturday at the latest that Nick Nurse will have his full complement of players at his disposal.
Then it’s an entirely different form of tough for the head coach.
Rather than filling in the gaps, Nurse will be looking to juggle as many as seven deserving starters while trying to keep everyone happy.
Marc Gasol returned to the lineup Sunday after a 15 game-absence that combined with an earlier injury to the same left hamstring has seen him play just 36 of the 63 games so far this season.
Fred VanVleet, who was questionable coming into the Sacramento game will sit out at least one more and probably a second in Utah before making his return on Saturday once the team gets back home.
“I think we probably (give him the extra time) but we’ll see what happens here tonight,” Nurse said of VanVleet’s return date before the game in Sacramento. “He’s really close so he’ll certainly be in once we get back home but we’ll see what happens tonight with everyone.”
The thinking is that with four full days off between Monday’s game in Utah and Saturday’s at home against Detroit, the prudent decision would be to give the guy with the sore shoulder the extra time off rather than bring him back for one.
With Gasol back and Serge Ibaka playing at a very high level, the decision was made to bring Gasol off the bench for Monday’s game but to hear Nurse tell it that decision and a few more are going to be revisited very soon.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring and drawing a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso…Lakers finally top Clippers in Round 3 of L.A. rivalry — Press Telegram
Meanwhile, in Clipper Nation, it’s the best of times and the worst of times, as well as the most recent of times that I copped a lead from “A Tale of Two Cities.” Yes, this is about the local NBA teams, both elite contenders at the same time for the first time. No, for once…Heisler: Clippers become an elite team, but it wasn’t easy — Daily News
The Rockets’ James Harden, left, is fouled by the Clippers’ Paul George during the second half of Thursday’s game in Houston. The Clippers won 120-105. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball…Kawhi Leonard, Clippers dominate Rockets for 6th straight win — Daily News
Leonard scores 25, leads Clippers past Thunder 109-94 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-94 on Tuesday night. Montrezl Harrell and former Thunder player Paul George each added 16 points for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight. George received a […]Leonard scores 25, leads Clippers past Thunder 109-94 — High Velocity Sport