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Patrick Beverley On Practicing With Kawhi Leonard: "He’s A Human-Machine."

(via Orange County Register)

(via Orange County Register)

Kawhi Leonard changed the game for the L.A. Clippers. As one of the best two-way forwards in the game, and a two-time Finals MVP winner, his arrival to Clipperland made the team instant contenders.

Through 51 games this season, he has averaged 26.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5 assists per game on 46% shooting. But his impact goes well beyond his performance in a game. Even in practice, he sets an example that leaves a lasting impression on his teammates.

Patrick Beverley said as much in a chat with JJ Redick on his podcast:

“Let call Kawhi. I go down there and worked out with him. I thought I was a guy who worked hard when I left there, working hard was a very different mindset to what I thought I had. Working out with that man change my whole life, changed my whole game. He’s a human-machine.”

If Beverley (a guy notorious for his rugged, hard-working playstyle) shows such admiration for Leonard's work ethic, you know the guy is doing something right. And if this work ethic can inspire the rest of the team to work harder, there's no reason to think the Clippers can't accomplish their goals this season.

Of course, after a months-long hiatus and plenty of steep competition in the West, it won't be easy to make the Finals. But if Kahwi's work ethic tells us anything, it's that the team is as ready as they'll ever be and it's probably not wise to count them out.