Kawhi Leonard says he is not panicking over the Los Angeles Clippers' losing streak as he believes they can overcome this adversity. On Sunday, the Clippers suffered their fourth consecutive defeat after the Atlanta Hawks handed them a 112-108 loss.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Clippers had an 11-point lead. But then Trae Young took the ball in his hands and helped the Hawks clinch a win with his 30 points. "I think it's still good. Guys are still being positive.
This is the spot where [the Clippers] see if you really enjoy the game and if we're a team, seeing if we can dig out this hole. It is fun. It's a good challenge for us," Leonard said, per ESPN.
Leonard not panicking after the Clippers' latest defeat
Leonard had a good performance as he scored a team-high 29 points and also grabbed seven rebounds.
Leonard performed well against the Hawks, but not having Paul George was a blow for the Clippers. George, who was out due to a hamstring injury, missed his second consecutive game. While George was out, Clippers head coach Ty Lue wanted to try something different as he benched Reggie Jackson and started Terance Mann.
In the end, it didn't result in a win for the Clippers. When veteran forward Nicolas Batum was asked about Jackson, he said Jackson would receive support from his teammates. "It's not easy for some players for some games like that.
Got to keep talking to Reggie. I mean how many times has Reggie saved us [before]? That's why people love him. It's why they chant his name because he's a big player, yes it's tough because we want to have Reggie on the court, we want to see Reggie perform, but tonight Coach made some choices.
So we have to stick with our brother. He already knows like what he can bring to this team. So we're going to need Reggie at some point," Batum said. In their next game, the Clippers are hosting the Dallas Mavericks.