If you look at the record for the Los Angeles Clippers from the start of the season, you see some impressive wins but quite a few losses too.
There is no question that the beginning of 2022-23 was something of a disappointment.
But lately, the squad has become much more consistent, winning 9 of their last 14 games.
This has led to them reaching fifth place in the West with a 32-28 record.
Kawhi over his last 15 games
– 28.3 PPG
– 6.3 RPG
– 1.9 SPG
– 54/49/92 splits
Nearly 30 a game on 66% true shooting 😳 pic.twitter.com/M07r85ffjR
— The Lead (@TheLeadSM) February 15, 2023
Unsurprisingly, this has all happened as Kawhi Leonard has gotten better, healthier, and more consistent too.
Tuesday night is a great example of that: Leonard scored 33 points and 7 rebounds.
Over the last 15 games, Leonard has scored 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.9 steals.
His true shooting percentage is now 66% and Leonard is definitely the leader of his team again.
There are times when he still doesn’t move with the same speed and power he once had and some fans worry if he has what it takes to make it all the way through the season.
Will his previous injuries return and does he have the stamina to go all the way?
Those are valid questions but they all disappear when Leonard performs as he has lately.
With nearly 30 points a game, Leonard is making his team competitive again.
Still, they have dug a deep hole for themselves so they will need to keep playing this well for the rest of the season.
A lot is riding on this year for the Clippers.
If the team comes up short, the front office may elect to blow things up and start over from scratch.
Leonard is again playing like the All-Star and champion he is.
If that doesn’t lead his team to a full rebound, perhaps nothing will.NEXT: Another Clippers Star Makes A Case For Russell Westbrook