The 12 months 2020 has gotten humanity as a complete much more comfy with facemasks. However Kawhi Leonard wasn’t simply carrying any facemask Wednesday night time.
Leonard had missed the Clippers’ prior two video games after colliding with teammate Serge Ibaka and struggling a mouth laceration that required eight stitches. In his return in opposition to the Path Blazers, Leonard wore a masks on his entire face so as to forestall harm from any additional contact.
“S—, it is exhausting to breathe in that masks,” Leonard told media postgame. “They began calling me Leatherface and stuff.”
The masks did not gradual Leonard down. He dropped 28 factors on 9-of-17 taking pictures to guide Los Angeles (4-1) to a 128-105 win over Portland (2-2). Leonard added seven assists and three steals within the victory.
Leonard’s not the primary NBA participant to interrupt out the clear face masks. Richard Hamilton wore one for a lot of his profession. Kyrie Irving had a masks part not too lengthy prior to now. It stays the NBA’s greatest protection technique following mouth or nostril accidents.
Regardless of it not being an unprecedented prevalence, such masks usually carry out a number of jokes on social media. Leonard’s masks was no exception.
Kawhi stated his Clippers teammates referred to as him Leatherface together with his masks 😅
He additionally joked that Serge is on the buying and selling block after elbowing him within the face 😂 pic.twitter.com/uJauwtDNb6
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 31, 2020
Kawhi’s masks is like what’s left over whenever you reduce out masks for COVID
— Clipperholics (@ClipperholicsFS) December 31, 2020
Kawhi received the hannibal lecter masks on.
— Adam Auslund (@followAdamA) December 31, 2020
I do know Kawhi teammates roasted tf out of him about that “masks” 😂😭
— Composed King 🤴🏾 (@_malikw019) December 31, 2020