Leonard can’t even play Game 4.
‘The Athletic’메이저사이트 reported on the 22nd (hereinafter Korean time) that Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers will miss Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs against the Phoenix Suns due to a knee injury.
The Clippers are a team that has built a solid lineup of swingmen, led by Leonard and Paul George’s one-two punch. Power enough to even win. But there are prerequisites. All players need to be healthy.
In recent seasons, the Clippers have been plagued by a vicious specter of injury to key players. Last season, while Ace Leonard missed the entire season, other players also had a hard time with injuries.
This season, which was greeted after struggling desperately, is not much different. They made it to the playoffs as the 5th seed, but both George and Leonard, the one-two punchers at the most important moment, left due to injuries. George is in a difficult condition to play in the first round due to a knee injury sustained during the regular season.
Following George, even Leonard, who struggled with an average of 34.5 points in the first and second games, could not participate in the third game due to a knee injury. Leonard, who felt pain during Game 1, played in Game 2, but did not appear in Game 3 at home.
Without Leonard, the Clippers made an outstanding performance with Norman Powell and Russell Westbrook scoring 72 points, but lost the series lead to Phoenix. The more painful news is that Leonard will miss the 4th game. Prior to this, coach Turren Lu also revealed that he was preparing for both Leonard’s appearance and absence.
Teammate Westbrook expressed regret over Leonard’s injury, saying, “I’m sorry for Kawhi Leonard. He’s been playing the best basketball for a while, and frankly, he’s one of the best in the world.”
With Leonard unable to even play the 4th game, the Clippers were in danger of being eliminated early. Game 4 between the Clippers and Phoenix will be held on the 23rd at the Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena.