Kawhi Leonard is preaching patience in the LA Clippers’ quest for their first championship in franchise history.
“We just can’t be in a rush,” Leonard told reporters Tuesday night.
The reigning Finals MVP erupted for a season-high 43 points in just under 29 minutes, leading the Clips past the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 128-103.
“We just can’t be in a rush,” Leonard said when asked about how important it is for the Clippers to have continuity at this stage of the season. “That’s what I’m [telling them]. Just be patient. It’s hard to win a championship. The pressure isn’t even on us now. Just enjoy the process and have fun.”
Leonard repeatedly talked about how the Clippers (28-13) need to slow down and not be in a hurry to get to where they hope to be.
“It takes a whole team to win games, win championships,” Leonard said of six Clippers scoring in double figures and opening things up for him on Tuesday. “It’s not won by one guy [or] two players — it’s the whole 15
“Those are the things that I tell them: Don’t be in a rush to win these games. Enjoy every moment of it. Enjoy the process and use it as a learning tool when you get down in the trenches.”