The NBA has fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 regarding inconsistent statements on the playing status of Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard was held out of Wednesday's game, which was the first night of a back-to-back.
“Following additional review of the LA Clippers not playing Kawhi Leonard in last night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA has confirmed that the team’s decision to sit Leonard for management of an injury was consistent with league rules," wrote the NBA in a release. "The team has reasonably determined that Leonard is suffering from an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee and has been placed by the team at this time on an injury protocol for back-to-back games.
“The NBA has fined the Clippers $50,000 for statements, including by head coach Doc Rivers, that were inconsistent with Leonard's health status.”
"He feels great," Rivers had said on Wednesday. "But he feels great because of what we've been doing. And we are just going to continue to do it. There's no concern here. But we want to make sure.
"I think Kawhi made the statement he's never felt better," Rivers added. "It's our job to make sure he stays that way. And that's important. But he played a lot of minutes in the playoffs last year. And it's not a health thing. Really it is, in some ways, we want him to just keep feeling better and getting better."