WASHINGTON -- Kawhi Leonard fell to the floor awkwardly after getting tangled up with Washington's Isaac Bonga. He then heldhis left leg high in the air, grabbing it with both hands.
After a few seconds in that early third-quarter moment, though, the LA Clippers All-Star got up and remained in the game and showed no signs of slowing down. Leonard scored 19 of his 34 points in the second half while also finishing with 11 rebounds and five assists to help lead the Clippers to a 135-119 victory over the Wizards.
While Leonard appeared to come away without anything more serious from that brief moment in the third quarter, there's a chance the Clippers' All-Star forward might not play in Monday night's game at Indiana. Coach Doc Rivers said he wasn't sure if both his stars -- Leonard and Paul George -- will play together against the Pacers in the second game of a back-to-back set.
Both Leonard and George are coming off injuries and the Clippers want to make sure both remain healthy for what could be a deep postseason run.
"I don't know yet," Rivers said after the win when asked if both Leonard and George will play in the second of the back-to-back games. "One, for sure. That's what we've been doing lately. We just don't know which one yet."
When asked if he saw Leonard on the floor holding his knee high up in the air, Rivers said he didn't notice it.
"I'm glad I didn't," the coach said. "I might have taken him out [to be cautious]."
Leonard said he wasn't sure when asked if he knows if he and George will play in Indiana. He did say that when he was on the floor grabbing his left knee, he wanted to make sure everything was fine. Leonard had a left knee contusion he suffered when he banged knees in a game against Houston on Nov. 13 that kept him out of three straight games in November.
"Just kind of coming off a screen and got tripped up," Leonard said. "It was good. Just making sure everything was good."
The Clippers have played four sets of back-to-back games this season and Leonard hasn't played in an entire back-to-back yet, with his knee and health remaining a priority for him. Leonard has repeatedly said that he wants to make sure he will be healthy for the postseason.
George, who scored 27 points to go with six rebounds and six assists, said he plans on playing against his former team on Monday night.
"I spent the longest part of my career in Indiana," said George, who was in Indiana for seven seasons after the Pacers drafted him in 2010. "A lot of those people there are still family to me. So, absolutely, it'll always be [of] significance coming back to Indiana."
Doc Rivers noncommittal on Kawhi Leonard, Paul George vs. Pacers
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