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Sources tell ESPN that Doc Rivers is out as head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Wow, this is a surprise as Doc Rivers led the Clippers to the second-best record in the regular season and helped lure Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to LA. While the Clippers inability to make the Western Conference Finals was viewed as a disappointment, this is still a shocking development. The Clippers will now begin the search for a new head coach for a team with loads of talent but notable chemistry concerns.
Los Angeles Clippers SF Kawhi Leonard was selected for the 2019-2020 All-NBA second team.
Leonard finished the regular season averaging 27.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 2.2 three's per game while shooting 47% from the field, 88% from the free-throw line, and 37.8% from three-point range. The Claw averaged career-highs in points, assists, and three's per game while leading the Clippers to the number two-seed in the Western Conference in the regular season. Leonard earns his fourth All-NBA team selection in his nine-year career.
Kawhi Leonard struggled to score in an ugly Game 7 loss, netting 14 points on just 6-of-22 from the field (2-7 3PT) to go along with six rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers in 43 minutes.
Leonard struggled all night and finished Game 7 as a -21. Unlike he did a season ago with the Raptors, he couldn't quite get the Clippers over the hump and into the Conference Finals. It wasn't all Leonard's fault however, as Paul George also shot just 4-of-16 from the field and 2-of-11 from deep. Between the two of them, they combined to shoot just 26 percent from the field, which isn't going to get it done in a critical Game 7 against a hungry Nuggets squad. It'll be the Lakers and Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals beginning Friday.
Kawhi Leonard registered 25 points (8-18 FG, 3-5 3PT, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers in Sunday's defeat to the Nuggets.
Leonard continues to play like the superstar he is, though he and the Clippers now find themselves tied at three games apiece. They were up by as much as 19 in the third quarter, but got severely outplayed by a desperate Nuggets team, ultimately losing the game by 13. It would be absolutely shocking to see arguably the deepest team in the NBA blow a 3-1 series lead to the clear underdog Nuggets. Expect a Kawhi Leonard explosion in the series finale.
Kawhi Leonard logged 36 points (12-24 FG, 5-12 3PT, 7-7 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals in Friday's close Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
Leonard had a great performance but it wasn't quite enough to hold off the Nuggets' fourth quarter comeback. He's now logged 30-plus in back-to-back games after Wednesday's 30 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Leonard is in playoff form and will be a lock to produce in Sunday's Game 6.