Clippers vs Jazz in NBA Playoffs: All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard has a right knee sprain that will keep him out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night and raises questions about his availability going forward.
The Clippers said Wednesday that there is “no timetable for his return.” Game 5 is Wednesday in Salt Lake City; Game 6 of the series is Friday in Los Angeles.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2021
Clippers vs Jazz, Kawhi Leonard Injury: It is a massive blow for the Clippers, who have split the first four games of their series with the top-seeded Jazz and are trying to reach the West finals for the first time in franchise history.
Leonard is a two-time NBA Finals MVP and is averaging 30.4 points on 57% shooting in the playoffs.
Ty Lue says Kawhi Leonard is out for Game 6 tomorrow night. pic.twitter.com/Dax5QqZ9wG
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The Clippers were 11-9 without Leonard during the regular season. They’re 6-1 so far in the playoffs when he scores at least 28 points, 0-4 otherwise.
“I don’t care about the Western Conference Finals,” Leonard said after Game 4 of the series against the Jazz. “I’m trying to win a championship. I mean, obviously, that’s the next step, but I’m not even looking at that.”
Clippers vs Jazz, Kawhi Leonard Injury: Leonard’s injury appeared to occur with about 5:20 left in Game 4 of the series against Utah on Monday night when he was fouled on a drive-by Utah’s Bojan Bogdanovic.
Leonard was dribbling into the lane when he was bumped, and his right knee appeared to buckle slightly. He grimaced in some discomfort, missed the two free throws that were awarded following the foul, but remained in the game for 45 more seconds.