This will surely be the first of many for Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles, but he has to start somewhere. Despite becoming notorious for so-called rest games in Toronto last season, Kawhi is playing in some meaningless preseason contests thus far in 2019. On Thursday night, he scored his first bucket as a Clipper.
That jumper was silky, and there was very little hesitation.
If there's been any obvious improvement in Leonard's game over the last few seasons, it's been his confidence. Kawhi has slowly but surely realized just how talented he truly is, and that ought to play right into the hands of Doc Rivers' squad.