For much of the 2022-23 season, fans of the Los Angeles Clippers were saying that the team would eventually reach its potential once Kawhi Leonard was fully healthy and receiving a lot of minutes.
They said he just needed to get back into the swing of things and the fate of the team would greatly improve.
Kawhi missed the entire last season. He shot a rusty 44/21/76% in the first 10 games of this season.
He is shooting 53/46/89% since then. pic.twitter.com/doUDlRh9Hr
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 27, 2023
He is definitely playing like his normal self again.
After missing all of last season, Leonard shot 44/21/76% for the first ten games of 2022-23.
However, since then he has averaged 53/46/89%.
Leonard is now putting up 23 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4 assists, which are all very close to his 2020-21 year, when he produced 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.
As for his Clippers, they are the fifth team in the West with a 33-30 record.
They are firmly in the race for the playoffs and doing much better than they were before.
Now the question is how far they can get in the postseason and how healthy Leonard can remain.
Will he keep scoring as he has been or will some unforeseen injury slow him down?
That is the big fear of all Clippers fans who are constantly worried that a season-ending mishap could again steal Leonard away.
The Clippers have some tough opponents in the weeks ahead, including the Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, and others.
They will be turning to Leonard often and hoping he will keep scoring as he has been lately.
It has taken a long time but Leonard is finally producing a lot for his Clippers.
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