Kawhi Leonard to Miss Game 5 vs. Jazz With Right Knee Sprain

Kawhi Leonard to Miss Game 5 vs. Jazz With Right Knee Sprain

The Clippers announced Wednesday there is no timetable for Leonard’s return after he suffered a right knee sprain in Game 4.

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Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will miss Game 5 against the Jazz on Wednesday night with a right knee sprain, the team announced Wednesday.

Los Angeles said there was no timetable for Leonard’s return. 

Leonard’s status for the rest of the series is in doubt, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne. According to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, the team fears that Leonard has suffered an ACL injury.

It is unclear when exactly Leonard suffered the injury in Game 4, but he sat the final 4:35 of Los Angeles’ Game 4 win over Utah shortly after colliding with Jazz forward Joe Ingles. 

Leonard was asked about the injury and his future status during an appearance on TNT’s Inside the NBA following the game and said, “Nah, I’ll be good.”

However, according to ESPN, Leonard told his teammates on Tuesday night to prepare for his absence.

The Clippers’ star scored 31 points in L.A.’s Game 4 win on Monday night. That performance came days removed from a 34-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 3. Leonard, who played in just 52 of 72 games in the regular season, has yet to miss a postseason contest this year.

In 11 playoff games this year, Leonard is averaging 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 39.3 minutes per game.

Game 5 in Utah is set to tip off at 10 p.m. ET.

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