Doc Rivers admitted that the Clippers’ biggest additions this offseason, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, have yet to practice together on the same team before the Clippers defeated the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
The Clips are 15-6 on the season, ranking third in the Western Conference standings. Rivers commented on LA’s season so far, revealing his two maximum figures haven’t even practiced on the same team yet.
“I don’t know how many years I’ve coached, 20 maybe, but I’ve never had it where my best two players going into Game 21 have yet to have a practice together on the floor — not one,” Rivers said, via ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azarly. “They’ve had one practice where they’re opposing [each other in practice], but they have yet to be in the same lineup and have a practice.”
This was understandable at the beginning of the campaign since Paul George missed the first 11 games of the season recovering from his two offseason shoulder injuries. He’s averaging 23.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 10 games now.
On the other hand, Leonard, who is being load managed by the Clippers, is putting up 25.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 15 games.
With this pair showing the path to follow, the Clippers are legit contenders in the West, as they look in a great position to win their first-ever NBA title next year. It’s impressive that PG and the Klaw have good chemistry on the floor despite not having practice time together. That makes you think even more about how dangerous this team really is.