Los Angeles Clippers Suffer Devastating Loss Ahead of Pivotal Game 5
The Los Angeles Clippers are in a world of trouble.
In their Game 4 victory, superstar forward Kawhi Leonard suffered a right knee sprain and has been ruled out of Wednesday night’s pivotal Game 5.
“I’m good,” Leonard said following the Clippers 118-104 victory on Monday night. “Next question.”
Kawhi Leonard is expected to miss Game 5 against the Jazz tonight with a knee injury suffered in game 4, sources tell @ramonashelburne & me. His status for rest of series is in doubt as well.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 16, 2021
With the series now nodded up at 2-2, there is currently no timetable for Leonard’s return and it is not inconceivable that the two-time Finals MVP could miss the remainder of this second round series. Leonard, who has dealt with a plethora of lower body injuries in the past, tweaked his knee on a drive late in Game 4 and was seen grimacing in pain following the play. Although he initially stayed in, he did not finish the game.
This would be the second huge injury that has been thrown the Clippers way as the Los Angeles has already lost Serge Ibaka for the remainder of the playoffs due to a back injury.
After starring in the team’s first round series against the Dallas Mavericks, Leonard has scored a combined 65 points in Game 3 and 4.
Despite the continued absence of Mike Conley, the Jazz are now presented with a huge opportunity to take control of this series and creep one game within the Conference finals.