Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will miss at least 2 more games with a knee injury
Kawhi Leonard is still out of order.
The Los Angeles Clippers The star will not be with the team when they travel to Houston and San Antonio this week for a two-game road trip, coach Ty Lue confirmed Monday.
Leonard, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, has missed the Clippers’ last four games for “injury management” after reporting knee stiffness last week.
This latest setback will see him out for at least six games, meaning he won’t be back before Sunday’s game against Utah Jazz at the Crypto.com Arena.
Fortunately, Lue said ahead of their game with the Rockets on Monday night in Los Angeles, Leonard’s knee is on the mend.
“He’s frustrated,” Lue said. via the NBA’s Mark Medina. “He wants to be on the court. He wants to travel. But that’s obviously not the right thing for now.”
The news isn’t great for the Clippers, especially since they’ve struggled without Leonard already this season.
Leonard played in only two games this season and averaged 21 minutes off the bench. He had 11 points and six rebounds in their loss to the team Phoenix Suns earlier this month, his last game out, but he shot just 2 of 6 from the field and scored most of his points from the free throw line.
Despite those issues, there’s still no need to rush Leonard back. The Clippers will be just nine games into their season when they return from a short road trip with Leonard coming off a major injury. Risking your health, especially at this time, is not worth it in the long run.
But if the Clippers can’t find a way to win without Leonard, things could get tough quickly.
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