Will Kawhi Leonard and Paul George Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs – Team News, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 03/25/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Mar 14, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) react to a play from the bench against New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Clippers take on the San Antonio Spurs in the second of a back-to-back fixture. The Clippers just defeated the Spurs last night and will be looking to do the same again. Despite having a strong season so far, the Clippers still hold the third seed in the West and will be looking to move up the conference ladder come playoff time.

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The San Antonio Spurs have struggled for consistency this season. The Spurs are still in rebuild mode right now but have been getting wins over big teams in a convincing fashion. Gregg Popovich will look to get one over the Clippers after the last game. With DeMar DeRozan playing at an All-Star level, they will walk in with the utmost confidence and determination ahead of the game.

With that in mind, take a look at how the Clippers taking on the Spurs will go.

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LA Clippers – Team News

The LA Clippers have their injury struggles, primarily on the defensive end. Patrick Beverley, arguably the best defender on the team, remains out with a knee injury. Serge Ibaka is also out, as he continues to recover from back stiffness. Jay Scrubb will not play, as he is recovering from a severe foot injury. The Clippers will, however, have the amazing duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates with forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Predicted Lineup: Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac

San Antonio Spurs – Team News

The Spurs also have some injury concerns going into the game. Rudy Gay, Keita Bates-Diop, and Lonnie Walker IV all didn’t take part in the game last night against the Clippers. Barring any major update, they will be away for tonight as well. LaMarcus Aldridge will not be playing, as the team looks to finalize a trade for him ahead of tonight’s deadline.

Jan 5, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball against San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) and forward Rudy Gay (22) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Predicted Lineup: Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poetl

LA Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs – Prediction

If last night’s performance was anything to go by, the Clippers will have no problems dealing with the Spurs. However, Popovich is one of the most astute minds in NBA history and will come with a game plan. The Clippers must stick to their own plan, and they should be able to get another victory over the Spurs.

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Dec 30, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) he passes off to a teammate between Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) and Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (right) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Prediction – Kawhi Leonard lights it up against his former team to get the Clippers the win.

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Who do you think will win between the LA Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs?

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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