Following narrow victory over Blazers, Clippers star Kawhi Leonard accepts responsibility for his lackluster performance: “I gotta do a better job”

The Clippers’ small forward, Kawhi Leonard, who joined the franchise in the 2018-2019 season as an unrestricted free agent, has been collaborating with Paul George to elevate the Clippers into title contenders.

Despite having earned numerous awards in the league due to his potential, Leonard has experienced a recent decline in his performance. The former two-time NBA champion seems to acknowledge that he is going through a poor run of form for the Clippers after their opening day matchup with the Blazers.

Kawhi Leonard weighs in on his performance vs Blazers

The Clippers narrowly edged out the Blazers in their opening-day encounter with a score of 123-111. The Clippers’ stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, were active in the game. Despite the Clippers’ narrow victory, small forward Kawhi Leonard has acknowledged having a subpar performance and is determined to improve in the future.

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According to a post on X by Joey Linn, the small forward had a lot to say about his performance against the Blazers. He said, “I gotta do a better job of passing the ball. I had 4 turnovers. We can’t have that….I gotta be a better leading making sure I get the ball to my teammates.”

While Kawhi Leonard might be bothered about his individual performance for the Clippers, his partnership with Paul George is highly recognized as the instrument to the win for the Clippers. Paul George scored 27 points while Kawhi Leonard added 23 to the tally, as the duo led five players in double figures in the game.

As the Clippers aim to maintain their winning momentum, having a self-motivated and accountable player like Kawhi Leonard could potentially propel them to more victories and increase their chances of winning the NBA championship.

Kawhi Leonard’s game in numbers against Blazers

Kawhi Leonard despite his aim for more improvement managed to have a stellar performance against the Blazers. According to a post on X by Hoop Central, Kawhi Leonard was ranked second among the top performers for the Clippers.

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Kawhi Leonard who is 32 years old managed to average 25 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 53% FG, and 5/3 3PM, second to Paul George with 27 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 STL, and 65% FG. Ivica Zubac was third with 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 80% FG while Russell Westbrook was ranked fourth with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 14 assists, 62% FG, and ½ 3PM.

As the Clippers take on Utah Jazz in their next game on 28 Oct. 2023 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, Kawhi Leonard would be hoping to reflect his improved version on the court. Share your expectations for Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers this new season in the comments section.

Shariare Hasib

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Shariare Hasib is an NBA Editor at SportsKnot. With a master's degree in journalism from a prestigious university, Shariare started writing about the sport during his undergraduate years. Since then, he has been fascinated by LeBron James' lasting impact as well as Stephen Curry's incredible consistency. He specializes in live basketball coverage. Apart from reporting on trade speculations and match updates during off-season activities, Shariare frequently interacts with fan communities to stay abreast of the constantly evolving NBA scene.


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