Leonard has been declared out for tonight's Game 5 against the Utah Jazz due to a right knee injury. The two-time NBA champion reportedly suffered the injury late in LA's Game 4 win on Monday night.
Not having Leonard leaves the Clippers at a massive disadvantage tonight, and there's a chance the 29-year-old won't be back for Game 6 on Friday. It all depends on how his injury heals.
Much of the reaction to the Leonard news has been people lamenting how unfortunate it is not just for the Clippers, but for the league in general.
This morning, it was also reported that Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul has entered COVID-19 protocols and is out indefinitely, so the NBA has taken multiple hits and it's not even 10 a.m. ET.
Here's hoping Leonard's absence lasts only one game. It would be brutal if he can't return to the court in this series and the Clippers are eliminated without him.
Game 5 of Clippers-Jazz will get underway, sans Kawhi, at 10 p.m. ET tonight on ABC and TNT.