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Why are Kawhi Leonard, Paul George not playing tonight vs. the Suns?

The Clippers will be without Leonard and George for Thursday’s game.

Minnesota Timberwolves v LA Clippers
Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers dribbles the ball during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves n December 14, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.
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The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers were set to meet Thursday night in a showdown of championship hopefuls but this matchup has slowly become a potential game to avoid with the number of players being held out. The Clippers had a game Wednesday night, so they’re taking the cautious approach with most of their roster. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will not play tonight against Phoenix. The former is being ruled out due to “injury management”, while George is getting a breather.

Injury management is not new for Leonard, who popularized the original term “load management” when he took games off to avoid setbacks with his quad injury at the time. George is just being given a day off and that’s not the worst thing but the league will eventually have to take action if teams routinely give star players days off ahead of supposedly marquee broadcasts.