George and Leonard were acquitted of protocol and returned to assist the Los Angeles Clippers’ visiting flight after the Orlando Magic 116-90 on Friday.
“We were playing very well,” said George. “It was a pity that we had to stop, but safety is first.” “We acknowledge that first and foremost.”
Due to contact tracing, George and Leonard remained in the protocol for only four days. They went into quarantine on Monday as the team left Los Angeles for Atlanta to start a six-game road swing. The two stars missed two games before returning to the team in Orlando, Florida.
“It was a problem because we were in good shape, and PG and I were out,” Leonard said, noting that the Clippers had been in seven straight matches when he and George entered the protocol. “This is my mindset about it. I just want to play basketball and want to continue building on our chemistry and improving, but I understand what protocols are, and it was an opportunity for the players to advance and play a bigger role.”
With his best players back, the Clippers won their second game in a row after losing in Atlanta on Tuesday. George scored 26 points in 28 minutes and became the first player in franchise history with at least 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and two robberies in under 30 minutes.
Leonard scored 24 points in 29 minutes and said he spent time away from the team keeping his conditioning at home and staying in touch with coaches to follow match plans even for matches he missed.
“I’m still trying to follow the game plans with Hawks and the last game, Miami,” Leonard said of what he did during quarantine. “Just talking to the coaches, trying to figure out what our coverage is, just keeping my mind in the game.”
Coach Ty Lue said he has put both players under subtle restrictions to be careful as his stars come out of quarantine. But both George and Leonard showed how bright their legs were early on, with each throwing a massive first dungeon in the first half against Orlando.
Luo said, “I think on a night the guys were a little tired, just being there was a big thing for us.” “It was a huge thing. Just doing games for everyone, which makes the game easy. When the two teams put together two Kawhi or PG teams in post shots or capture, it makes it easier because our players get open shots, so we need these guys.” Tonight “.