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National Basketball Association says Kawhi is 'managing a knee injury'

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The NBA approved the Clippers' plan to sit star Kawhi Leonard for a pair of nationally televised games because it believes the forward is not yet healthy enough to play on consecutive nights, a league spokesman said Wednesday.

The league's statement comes on the heels of Los Angeles announcing that Leonard will miss Wednesday night's nationally televised matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks - a choice that drew criticism from prominent National Basketball Association commentators such as Doris Burke. The concern by the Clippers is legitimate, even if what is happening Wednesday night is realistically more preventative.

That matchup with the Jazz is the one game Leonard has sat out for load management so far this season.

The Clippers' official designation for Leonard's not playing is "injury/illness, load management (knee)", according to the NBA's injury report. "The league office, in consultation with the NBA's director of sports medicine, is comfortable with team medical staff's determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time".

The Milwaukee Bucks hit the West Coast for the first time this season, although the task they'll face there got considerably less daunting given the news that broke on Tuesday night.

That news certainly came as a surprise, given the Clippers last played on Sunday, and will have multiple matchups against the Trail Blazers this year, yet only a couple of regular season meetings with the Bucks.

"This year I'm feeling good and feeling way better than I was at the start of last season".

In six appearances with the Clippers this season, Leonard has averaged 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists.

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