"The issue is take away all back-to-backs", Doc Rivers said of a potential solution to players resting one game of a back-to-back.
In response to the backlash, the Clippers, and the league have come forward to explain the decision.
The NBA's board of governors approved the new coach's challenge rule over the summer and the league introduced it for the 2019-20 season.
The Clippers were also able to avoid a fine from the National Basketball Association for Leonard's previous load management rest on October 30, which was also a nationally televised game against the Utah Jazz.
Leonard said in September that Toronto's "load management" plan was created because "I was going in with an injury that I was dealing with the year before".
Leonard's inability to play in back-to-back games hasn't held back the Clippers this season. "That's who we should be concerned with more, to be honest".
It's believed Leonard will play in Thursday's game against Portland.
That proved to be enough for Milwaukee in the end, although they were forced to fight through multiple Clippers fightbacks over the course of the game. The strategy proved to be successful as Leonard played the most minutes of any player during the postseason and averaged 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead Toronto to its first title. Five Clippers opponents have challenged calls, with only the Utah Jazz successful with an overturn during the fourth quarter on November 3. After past year, this is obviously the best way to win a championship.