Raphielle Johnson highlights why the Los Angeles Clippers' upcoming schedule should benefit Kawhi Leonard's fantasy outlook and overall production.
RAPHIELLE JOHNSON: Having been inactive since October 23 due to issues with the right knee that was operated on after the 2020-2021 season, Kawhi Leonard made his long awaited return to action Thursday night. As one would expect, he's a bit rusty in that win over the Pistons, shooting 2 of 8 from the field and scoring 6 points. That being said, he did contribute 5 rebounds and 4 assists in his 25 minutes on the floor.
Minutes on, he's under restriction right now. He played 5-6 minute stints in the first 3 quarters before getting that ramped up to 8 minutes in the fourth. But overall, it was a pretty good night for Leonard outside of the shooting. What's also good for him, the Clippers and fantasy managers alike is the upcoming schedule. The Clippers won't play the Nets back-to-back until November 29 and 30, meaning that they've got to run a 5-straight games in which Leonard can continue to wrap things up without having to worry about missing a game due to load management reasons.