Doc Rivers saying Kawhi Leonard is feeling good has apparently cost the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000.
The NBA announced Thursday it has fined the team for statements, including one made by Rivers, that were "inconsistent" with Leonard's health status.
Leonard sat out Wednesday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the first game of back-to-back contests for the Clippers. The NBA had announced earlier in the day that the Clippers were justified in sitting the superstar in relation to him managing a tendon issue in his left knee.
“Following additional review of the L.A. Clippers not playing Kawhi Leonard in last night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA has confirmed that the team’s decision to sit Leonard for management of an injury was consistent with league rules," a league statement said Thursday. "The team has reasonably determined that Leonard is suffering from an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee and has been placed by the team at this time on an injury protocol for back-to-back games."