The Los Angeles Clippers are one win away from reaching their very first Western Conference Championship video game in franchise history. The news does not come as a shock, particularly when reports suggest that the Clippers fear that Leonard suffered an ACL injury back in Game 4, which could keep him out forever. Leonard was pulled from the remainder of that game as an outcome.
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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue has actually formally dismissed star Kawhi Leonard for Game 6 against the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers are one win far from reaching their very first Western Conference Championship game in franchise history. They can clinch that opportunity as quickly as Friday night in Game 6 versus the Utah Jazz. Unsurprisingly, however, they will have to do so without star Kawhi Leonard.
On Thursday, Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue formally declared Leonard out for Game 6 due to a best knee sprain.
Clippers: Kawhi Leonard dismissed for Game 6 vs. Jazz due to knee injury.
The news does not come as a shock, specifically when reports show that the Clippers fear that Leonard suffered an ACL injury back in Game 4, which could keep him out indefinitely. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of that contest as he drove to the paint, and it looked as though his best knee buckled. Leonard was pulled from the remainder of that video game as a result.
Leonard had actually been averaging 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 helps and 2.1 takes while shooting 57.3-percent from the field and 39.3-percent from the three-point line through 11 playoff video games.
Even though Leonards lack is big, fellow star Paul George stepped up for the Clippers in their 119-111 Game 5 success. In 40 minutes of playing time, George scored 37 points (12-for-22 from field, 10-for-11 from complimentary toss line), got 16 rebounds and dispensed 5 assists.
All the Clippers need to do is follow the exact same formula from Game 5, and they can clinch up an area in the Western Conference Finals as quickly as Friday night. However, it will be intriguing to see how allure changes after losing to the Leonard-less Clippers on Wednesday night.