On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Clippers will step back on the floor for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
Leonard has been nursing a knee injury since late in Game 4 against the Utah Jazz. In his absence, the Clippers have dropped the first two games of the Western Conference Finals.
Heading into a pivotal Game 3 tonight, head coach Ty Lue was asked about Leonard’s availability moving forward. Unfortunately, Lue doesn’t have good news for Clippers fans.
“He’s out tonight, that’s the only thing I know,” Lue said to reporters when asked about Kawhi Leonard.
Ty Lue on Kawhi: “He’s out tonight, that’s the only thing I know.”
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) June 24, 2021
Leonard put together another solid NBA season, averaging 24.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. During Los Angeles’ run to the Western Conference Finals, Kawhi took his game to another level. He averaged 30.4 points and 7.7 boards per game, playing an average of 39.3 minutes per night before his injury.
It’s unclear if Leonard will return to the lineup even if the Clippers were to advance to the NBA Finals.
Game 3 tips off tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.