Clippers fans got some surprising news on Wednesday when it was announced that Kawhi Leonard would take on jazz for Game 5 of the Los Angeles series.
Leonard, who played for the Clippers for 34 minutes in the previous game, was lame after beating Utah in late Los Angeles after going into the basket, but not much was made of the injury. It was simply assumed that the Clippers played it safe with their Star.
Instead, it appears that Leonard’s injury is more serious than initially thought and he may not be out for Game 5 only; he could be longer.
Here are all the details on Leonard’s injury, including the latest updates on when he may be able to return to action during the 2021 NBA playoffs.
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How long will Kawhi Leonard be out?
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Leonard is out indefinitely. The Clippers fear he may have sustained an ACL injury during their last game against Jazz.
Clippers fear All-NBA star Kawhi Leonard sustained a cruciate ligament injury, sources say @TheAthletic @Stadium. It is canceled indefinitely.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2021
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst had previously confirmed that Leonard would be out for Game 5 of the Clippers Jazz series and possibly for the duration of the series. Windhorst added that Leonard had told his teammates to prepare for him to be out.
Leonard told his teammates last night to prepare for him to be out.
He ended up awkwardly on a drive in the fourth quarter and grimaced in pain Monday night. He stayed in the game briefly, but didn’t finish as the Clippers even secured the win 2-2.
– Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 16, 2021
With Leonard out for the foreseeable future, the Clippers have to climb the rest of the series 2-2 uphill. Leonard averaged 27.1 points and 7.5 rebounds in the first four games in 37 minutes. The Clippers are a Plus-9 with the All-NBA First-Teamer on the floor against the Jazz.
We’ll see how far the Clippers can go, but it seems like they’ll have to try to beat the Jazz and maybe the rest of the remaining NBA teams without Leonard.
What is Kawhi Leonard’s injury?
Leonard has a knee injury that forced him out of Game 4 of the Clippers vs. Jazz playoff series.
According to Shams Charania, the Clippers fear Leonard has sustained a cruciate ligament injury.
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Kawhi Leonard injury schedule
On June 14, Leonard suffered a knee injury after landing awkwardly after being hit in the basket.
Here’s a look at the play Leonard was lame in.
After the injury, Leonard could be seen grimacing and limping slightly. Shortly thereafter, he was eliminated from the game and did not return after 34 minutes.
Not much was made of Leonard’s injury, which at the time looked insignificant, but on June 16, Windhorst confirmed that Leonard would be missing game 5 and possibly more time.
And shortly thereafter, Charania added that the Clippers fear Leonard sustained a cruciate ligament injury.
Kawhi Leonard Injury Updates
– June 16: Charania reports that Leonard is “indefinitely out” due to his knee injury and the Clippers fear that he is struggling with a cruciate ligament problem.
– June 16: Windhorst reports that Leonard is out of game 5 against Jazz and is “in doubt” for the rest of the series due to a knee injury.
– 14th June: Leonard ends Clippers’ double-digit win over jazz early after appearing to pinch his knee on a drive to the hoop.