National Basketball Association spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement that the league has no issue with Leonard missing games because he has been dealing with a knee injury.
In a statement announcing the fine on Thursday, the league said it continued to believe that Leonard has an injury but questioned Rivers' remarks.More news: Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka land HBO series
Danny G. points out that one of his friends spent $600 to take himself and his kid to see the Kawhi & "Greek Freak" matchup last night, only to be let down when finding out that Leonard would be taking the evening off.More news: Italy introduces mandatory climate change lessons in schools
Leonard sat out the first of a back-to-back set of games for the second time this season on Wednesday night when the Clippers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard returned to play October 31, in a victory against San Antonio, just as he is expected to play Thursday against Portland. "Offensively, Leonard at 6'7", 230 pounds plays like he's a 7-footer; consistently playing in the low post, backing down bigger players and scoring over them and around them. In fact, "load management" was a frequent reason for him missing games. Last season's roster thrived by dominating bench minutes, but that hasn't been the case so far this year.
This article has been updated with Rivers' pregame comments and to correct that the Clippers are at home on Thursday.More news: Seeks stardom on streaming service stage