Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has revealed that he has been playing through a foot injury for some time now. Leonard missed five consecutive games before returning to the lineup on Saturday night. Leonard posted 16 points, six assists and five rebounds as the Clippers lost on their home floor to the Denver Nuggets 110-104.
"I'm feeling good," Leonard said in his first comments since April 9. "We took the proper steps to get me right, to make sure nothing significant is wrong with me ... so hopefully we can just keep moving up from here."
When asked if he will have to play through this foot injury for the remainder of the season, Leonard said: "Yeah, I mean, I've been doing it. It's not something that just occurred after the last game. But I'll be all right.
I've been through situations like this before."
Paul George happy to have Leonard back
"It was great to share the floor again with him," Clippers All-Star guard Paul George said. "He's gonna find his rhythm.
You know, I thought he looked good tonight." While Leonard was out due to a right foot soreness, he remained close to the team. "Just making sure the team sees my face," Leonard said of staying with the team on the road while he was out.
"Just wanted to still be in that motion, be in that rhythm and most importantly letting guys know I'm here and, you know, just let them hear my voice and see my face." Asked if the team has enough time to gel before the postseason, Leonard said, "You know, I'm back, [we're] just going to have to do it with what we have.
We won games before, so we just got to keep this rolling and see the adjustments and the players [who] are going to play in certain situations to help us win games." Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets on the road 113-87.
The Warriors trailed by six points at halftime but a big second half ensured a comfortable win. “The first half, we just couldn’t get anything going,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Obviously, we thrive on Steph so when he couldn’t hit shots early, we were kind of stuck in the mud.
But in the second half, once he made a couple of shots, our energy picked up, our body language was better, and we were able to take control”.