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Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 19,068
Leonard set to sit as Bucks visit Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers
- These teams split two games last season with the home team winning both meetings. The Bucks have beaten the Clippers just once at Staples Center since 2008-09, and the Clippers are 17-2 when hosting the Bucks since 2000-01.
- The Bucks are shooting a league-leading 48.4 percent from the field this season, while the Clippers are second at 48.0 percent. Milwaukee's offense is scoring 111.5 points per 100 possessions, the best rate in the league this season. Los Angeles is third at 109.8 points per 100 possessions.
- Kawhi Leonard will not play in this game due to load management. The Clippers' bench has scored 55.1 points per game this season, best in the NBA, and has scored 43.8 percent of Los Angeles' points, the second-highest mark in the league (Pelicans, 44.6%).
- Milwaukee leads the NBA in rebounds per game at 51.6 this season. The Bucks are 4-0 this season when outrebounding their opponent and 1-2 when they are outrebounded. Last season Milwaukee tied with Portland for the second-best record when being outrebounded at 9-9 (Raptors, 24-16).
- JaMychal Green is fourth in the league in three-point shooting at 54.8 percent (min. one 3PM per team game). Since the beginning of last season, Green is shooting 50.0 percent on threes on the road but just 35.8 percent from three at home.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.7 points, 14.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game so far this season. He is the first player over the last 30 seasons to average at least 25.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists through the first seven games of a season.
An early-season showdown between two clubs expected to contend for the NBA title will be missing a key component Wednesday.
When the Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Bucks, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, will be on the floor. However, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, Los Angeles forward Kawhi Leonard, will sit out.
The Clippers are following the plan that the Toronto Raptors used successfully last year with Leonard, having him sit out occasional games for "load management." The Wednesday contest will mark the second time Leonard has sat in Los Angeles' first eight games.
The other time Leonard rested, the Clippers lost 110-96 to the Utah Jazz on Oct. 30 in Salt Lake City. It was one of just two Los Angeles defeats this season.
Leonard's play Sunday helped the Clippers overcome a sluggish offensive performance in a 105-94 victory over the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles. After managing just five points on 1-of-9 shooting in the first half, Leonard cranked it up in the second by scoring 25 of his 30 points. His 18 points in the fourth quarter allowed Los Angeles to pull away down the stretch.
"With me, it's just about taking advantage of the moment and not shying away, just keep going to your spots and shooting and keep being aggressive for the team and don't shy away, pretty much. That's what I take my pride in," Leonard, who leads the team in scoring (29.3), rebounds (7.3), assists (5.7) and steals (2.3), told reporters.
Leonard made just 9 of 26 shots and 2 of 8 3-pointers against the Jazz, while the Clippers connected on 39.1 percent of their attempts overall. They also missed 25 of 32 3-pointers
But the Clippers' ability to prevent the Jazz, who shot 39.7 percent, from mounting a late run paid dividends. Los Angeles outscored Utah 40-25 in the fourth.
"It's about defense," Leonard said. "When you hold a team under 100 points in this day and age in the NBA I think (that) is great. That's what happened (Sunday). We grinded it out and got a win."
The Bucks opened their four-game road trip Monday with a 134-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were without suspended center Karl-Anthony Towns.
Antetokounmpo finished with 34 points on 14-of-19 shooting to go with 15 rebounds and six assists. Khris Middleton tied a season high with 26 points, and Eric Bledsoe added a season-best 22 points and added nine rebounds for Milwaukee.
After leading by seven at the half, the Bucks overwhelmed the Timberwolves in the second half with a 70-49 blitz.
"We just want to play our game from the jump," said Bledsoe, who also had six assists, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We don't want to wait until the fourth quarter to do what we do. We want to start early and wear teams down because we're so deep."
In seven games, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.7 points, 14 rebounds and 7.4 assists. He is shooting 61.2 percent from the field. Middleton is the club's second-leading scorer at 19.4 points per game and is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent on 3-pointers.
"When everybody's hitting on all cylinders, we're a tough team," Middleton said. "We're already a tough team but when you got everybody hitting shots, everybody making plays, everybody guarding the way they're supposed to it just makes things so much easier."
The Bucks are averaging a league-best 121.3 points per game.
--Field Level Media
Updated November 6, 2019