BREAKING: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard Out For Game 5 Against Jazz With Knee Injury

Published 06/16/2021, 12:08 PM EDT
Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts during the second half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Clippers have had one of the most unique post season runs so far. Despite having a well-built roster led by two superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers have been pretty inconsistent in the playoffs.

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Facing off against the first seeded Utah Jazz, the Clippers initially fell down 2-0 in the series, but then Kawhi and PG-13 led the team to a comeback and won two games at Staples. With Clippers and the Jazz tied at 2-2, we are in for a great match-up ahead of us.

Kawhi Leonard likely out for game 5 against Utah Jazz

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After a dominant victory in game 3, the Clippers continued their electrifying form in game 4 as they won the game 118-104. But this win came at a massive cost.

With 5:27 remaining on the clock, talisman Kawhi Leonard awkwardly planted his right feet while dribbling, which put all of his pressure on his knee. ‘The Klaw‘ certainly was hurt and immediately went to the sidelines. But Leonard did make a return and looked just fine.

While the Clippers hoped that the 2-time Finals MVP could make a comeback in game 5, coach Ty Lue and the Clippers are in for some pretty bad news. According to NBA insider Brian Windhorst, Leonard is likely to miss game 5 due to the knee injury and his status for the rest of the series is also up in the air.

This is certainly the last thing the Clippers would have hoped for. Given how resilient this Utah Jazz defense has been all season long, a player like Kawhi becomes key in breaking down the team.

With his multi level scoring as well as his underrated playmaking, the 2-time DPOY is the most important piece in the Clippers system. Given that the 28-year-old likely out for game 5, the Clippers find themselves in a pretty concerning position.

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Playing away from home and missing their best player in Leonard, coach Ty Lue will hope that his role players can step up and Paul George can take control of the game.

If PG-13 can carry on his excellent playoff form, the Clippers can give the Jazz a run for their money who themselves are dealing with injuries but if George doesn’t show up, the Jazz might be the clear favorites to run away with the series. Do you think the Clippers can thrive without Kawhi?

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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