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Harden retains the No. 1 spot in the league, and Tyronn Lue talked about Leonard after the game.

author:Qiu Yitong

The Los Angeles Clippers secured a valuable playoff spot with a 105-92 win over the Phoenix Suns and won the Pacific Division, becoming the league leader for the third time since 2012-13 and 2013-14. Harden's availability was closely watched, but he opted to rest, while Westbrook and Paul George, two former Thunder teammates, stepped up and showed great strength.

Harden retains the No. 1 spot in the league, and Tyronn Lue talked about Leonard after the game.

Westbrook's command and rapid advance on the court completely disrupted the Suns' rhythm. With their offense blocked, the Clippers repeatedly used tempo changes to put opponents in a difficult position. It's worth mentioning that Westbrook has been playing well lately, and his return from a fracture has had a significant impact on the Clippers, who have a 7-2 record. In this game, Westbrook played 39 minutes, contributing 16 points, 15 rebounds, 15 assists and 2 steals.

Harden retains the No. 1 spot in the league, and Tyronn Lue talked about Leonard after the game.

Westbrook's presence allows the Clippers to feel comfortable with Harden resting properly. Harden has been very tired this season, and in the last game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he felt a foot discomfort, but he still insisted on playing and left the court with an injury after only two and a half quarters. Before the game, Harden said he wanted to continue playing, but according to Clippers reporter Ohm Youngmisuk, the team decided to suspend Harden's game for protection reasons, because his right foot was inflamed, and his status changed from playing to doubtful until it was officially announced that he would miss due to injury.

Harden retains the No. 1 spot in the league, and Tyronn Lue talked about Leonard after the game.

After the game, Tyronn Lue spoke about Harden's condition and Kawhi Leonard's recovery. Leonard's form is gradually improving, but it is unknown when he will return, and the Clippers may have him return to the court in the first round of G1. Regarding Harden's foot injury, Tyronn Lue said that the situation is not optimistic, and his foot injury is getting worse. As a result, the Clippers advised Harden to continue his recuperation in the upcoming games in order to better prepare for the playoffs. At the same time, Harden is also breaking his own record, and he has made the playoffs for 15 consecutive years, becoming the best among active players.

Harden retains the No. 1 spot in the league, and Tyronn Lue talked about Leonard after the game.

Harden has played in the playoffs for 15 consecutive years since entering the NBA in 2009-10. His presence has undoubtedly been a huge help to the team. Although the Clippers have already secured playoff qualification and a relatively stable fourth-place spot, Harden is not in a good position. With his contract expiring this summer, the next few regular season games won't mean much to him, and the key will depend on how well he performs in the playoffs. If Harden wants a contract with an annual salary of up to $40 million, or even four years with a total value of $30 million, this playoff game will be crucial for him.

Harden retains the No. 1 spot in the league, and Tyronn Lue talked about Leonard after the game.

Kawhi Leonard has signed a contract extension, Paul George is in full form, many teams are eager to sign him with a $50 million annual salary, and the Clippers are interested in keeping the star player. Today, only Harden is in the most delicate position of the Big Three. If he can continue to play in the next games until he returns in the first round of the playoffs, then his shoulder and foot injuries should be fully treated and recovered, and his physical strength will be fully stocked. In this state, Harden can play at the level that the Clippers expect and win more wins for the team.

Harden retains the No. 1 spot in the league, and Tyronn Lue talked about Leonard after the game.