Despite not having Kawhi Leonard (knee), the Clippers won the last two games of the playoff series against the Jazz. They advance to the Western Conference Finals and will start playing against the Suns on June 20.
Before the series, NBA fans had an urgent question: When can Leonard play again?
Leonard was excluded indefinitely after being injured, but Los Angeles did not announce that he was out for the remainder of the playoffs and did not set a timetable for his return.
The following is the latest news from Leonard before the first game of the Clippers-Suns series.
Will Kawhi Leonard play against the Suns?
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported on June 19 that Leonard will not go to Phoenix with the Clippers at the beginning of the series. This will prevent him from participating in the first and second games.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 19, 2021
Leonard injured a layup in Game 4 of the Clippers-Jazz series. His injury was not serious at first, but the Clippers are now worried that he may have an ACL injury. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The team does not rule out the possibility of Leonard’s return. It listed his injury as a sprained right knee in its official injury report.
Leonard averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 11 games in the playoffs. Thanks to the outstanding performance of Paul George and Terenceman, the Clippers led 2-0 without him.