LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Game 6. Ivica Zubac, who was out for Game 5, is listed as questionable with a right knee MCL sprain.- Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 30, 2021
Could Leonard return in this series? Here's everything we know about his injury.
Kawhi Leonard's injury timeline
Leonard suffered the right knee injury after landing awkwardly in the fourth quarter of the Clippers' Game 4 victory over the Jazz on Monday (June 14) to even the series. Leonard stayed in the game for a few moments, but LA's commanding lead allowed him to head to the bench earlier than usual in the final frame.
After the game, Leonard was asked about the injury by TNT's Inside the NBA crew, to which he responded, "I'll be good."
Two days later, on Wednesday (June 16), ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne reported that Leonard is expected to miss Game 5 due to the right knee injury. Shortly thereafter, the Clippers confirmed that report, stating that Leonard will not be available for LA in Game 5 and there is no timetable for a return.
The Athletic's Shams Charania suggested there is fear Leonard has suffered an ACL injury, leaving him out indefinitely, but ESPN's Shelburne added that the two-time Finals MVP will have to undergo more imaging on his knee once the swelling goes down.
The star forward has been one of the best players in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, averaging 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 57.3 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3-point range.
Kawhi Leonard's injury history
Leonard appeared in 52 of 72 available games for the Clippers during the 2020-21 NBA season, with zero of his 20 absences related to any sort of knee injury.
He missed a pair of games back in January with a mouth laceration and three games back in February with lower back soreness, among a few typical rest days throughout the season.
His only lower body injury reported this season was a sore right foot, which caused the star forward to miss nine games in April.
How long will Kawhi Leonard be out?
The Clippers announced that "there is no timetable for a return" for Leonard before the start of Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Leonard did not travel with the team to Phoenix for the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, as the star forward remained in Los Angeles to rehab his knee. Even when the series returned home to LA, Leonard still missed Game 3 and Game 4.
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