Kawhi Leonard decided to hold off a little longer before making his eagerly

anticipated return for the LA Clippers after sitting out the entire previous campaign.

Leonard chose not to start for the first time with the team in an effort to make the most of his meagre playing time

The Los Angeles Lakers were defeated by the Clippers once more after he finished the game.

At Crypto.com Arena, Leonard contributed 14 points, including a 21-foot jumper with 52.3 seconds left to secure a 103-97 victory.

Despite the franchise player entering the game at the 6:25 mark of the second quarter and playing three stints totaling 21 minutes,

the Clippers defeated their hallway rival for the eighth consecutive time.

Regarding his wait to enter the game, Leonard said, "It was a long one.

I didn't think 15 minutes would be that long, but I waited for 82 games last year.

after tearing his right ACL in Game 4 of the second round against the Utah Jazz on June 14, 2021.