Will Kawhi Leonard and Donovan Mitchell Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz Game 5: Prediction, Injuries & Lineups

Published 06/16/2021, 11:13 PM EDT
Jun 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) blocks a shot against Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the second half in game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The first-seeded Utah Jazz host the LA Clippers in game 5 of their second-round series. This game is scheduled for 10:00 PM EST and will be held at the Vivint Arena.

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After the Utah Jazz took a 2-0 lead in the series, the LA Clippers rallied a massive comeback in the next two games in the Staples Center. With superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George stepping up in the last two games, the Clippers dominated the Jazz. After winning game 4 with a 118-104 scoreline, the Clippers tied the series.

Just as the Clippers were starting to gain some form, the Clippers might have had suffered from a massive setback. Talisman Kawhi Leonard might have injured his ACL and might be sidelined for the rest for the series. With ‘the Klaw’ out for the game, the Clippers have a steep task ahead of them and will have to bring out the best in order to defeat the Jazz in game 5.

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The Utah Jazz meanwhile had a pretty disappointing run in the last two games. Despite superstar Donovan Mitchell stepping up and scoring more than 30 points in the last four games, the Jazz have struggled to provide ample support to their star in their last two games.

Playing in their home court in game 5, the Jazz will hope that they can put on a show against the Clippers who are missing a premier defender and their talisman in Kawhi Leonard and take control of the series.

Predictions

The LA Clippers had all the momentum coming into game 5 with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard in electrifying form. But an injury to Kawhi Leonard certainly has changed the whole series. With ‘the Klaw’ missing the game, the Jazz certainly have an edge in this matchup.

LA Clippers’ injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers will be missing their starting center Serge Ibaka who has been sidelined with a back injury for the rest of the playoffs and will also miss their biggest superstar Kawhi Leonard who is recovering from a knee injury. With Leonard on the floor, things might get tough for the Clippers. Can Paul George step in and lead his team to victory?

Probable Lineup

Reggie Jackson (G)

Paul George (G)

Luke Kennard (G)

Marcus Morris Sr. (F)

Nicolas Batum (C)

Utah Jazz injury updates and lineup prediction

The Jazz might miss two key players due to injuries. Rookie forward Elijah Hughes is out with an illness. Their starting point guard, Mike Conley, is sidelined for game 5 as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Probable Lineup

Joe Ingles (G)

Donovan Mitchell (G)

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Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

Royce O’Neale (F)

Rudy Gobert (C)

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Who will win between the LA Clippers and the Utah Jazz? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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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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