Clippers fans got some surprising news Wednesday when it was revealed Kawhi Leonard would be out indefinitely with a knee injury.
Leonard, who had played 34 minutes in Game 4 for the Clippers against the Jazz, came up lame after driving to the hoop late in Los Angeles’ win, but not much was made of the injury. It was just assumed that the Clippers were playing it safe with their star.
Instead, it appears that Leonard’s injury is more serious. He missed Games 5 and 6 vs. the Jazz and could be out even longer term.
Here are all the details about Leonard’s injury, including the latest updates on when he might be able to return to action during the 2021 NBA playoffs.
How long will Kawhi Leonard be out?
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Leonard is out indefinitely. The Clippers fear that he may have suffered an ACL injury during Game 4 against the Jazz.
Clippers fear All-NBA star Kawhi Leonard has suffered an ACL injury, sources tell. He is out indefinitely.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)
Previously, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Leonard told his teammates to “prepare for him to be out” and that he might not return during the Clippers-Jazz series.
Leonard told teammates last night to prepare for him to be out.
He landed awkwardly on a drive in the fourth quarter and grimaced in pain Monday night. He briefly stayed in game but didn’t finish as the Clippers secured the win to even series 2-2.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN)
That warning came to fruition, but the Clippers still managed to advance. Now, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Leonard won’t be with the team for the first two games of Los Angeles’ Western Conference finals series vs. Phoenix.
Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard (knee) will not travel with the team to Phoenix to continue rehabbing at home, league sources tell, .
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes)
Clippers fans have to hope that Leonard can return for Game 3, but , his outlook is uncertain at best, with no timetable for his return.
What is Kawhi Leonard’s injury?
Leonard is dealing with a knee injury that forced him out of Game 4 of the Clippers vs. Jazz playoff series.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Clippers fear that Leonard suffered an ACL injury.
Kawhi Leonard injury timeline
Leonard suffered a knee injury June 14 after landing awkwardly following a drive to the basket.
Here’s the play where Leonard came up lame.
Leonard was seen grimacing and had a slight limp after the injury. He exited the game shortly thereafter and didn’t return after playing 34 minutes.
Not much was made of Leonard’s injury, which looked minor at the time, but on June 16 it was reported by Windhorst that Leonard would miss Game 5 and potentially the rest of the Clippers-Jazz series.
Shortly after that, Charania reported that the Clippers feared Leonard had suffered an ACL injury.
Leonard missed Los Angeles’ series-clinching Game 6 win over Utah on June 18. The next day, Haynes reported that Leonard would be out for the first two games of the Suns-Clippers series.
Kawhi Leonard injury updates
— June 19: Haynes reports that Leonard is set to miss Games 1 and 2 of Los Angeles’ series with the Suns as he rehabs his injury.
— June 18: Leonard misses Game 6 against the Jazz but the Clippers win to advance to the Western Conference finals.
— June 16: Charania reports that Leonard is “out indefinitely” and that the Clippers fear he is dealing with an ACL injury.
— June 16: Windhorst reports Leonard is out for Game 5 vs. Jazz and is “in doubt” for the rest of the series due to a knee injury.
— June 14: Leonard exits Clippers’ double-digit win over the Jazz early after appearing to tweak knee on a drive to the hoop.