Will Kawhi Leonard & Chris Paul Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Game 6: Prediction, Injuries, and Lineups

Published 06/29/2021, 10:50 PM EDT
Jun 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) passes the ball to guard Chris Paul (3) against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (right) in the first quarter of game four of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Clippers have been comeback kings in NBA playoffs 2021 and they have a chance to do it again in the WCF. They’re a well coached team and have shown tremendous potential lately. However, without home support in Game 6 and also a shorthanded squad, it will be a monumental task for them to force a Game 7.

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The Suns would want to close the game on Wednesday because they’d want an extended rest ahead of the NBA Finals if they’re to qualify. Chris Paul has already taken so much damage to his 36-YO body that a game 7 pressure would be too bad. So what are the odds for either of the teams to take the game?

Clippers vs Suns: Injury updates and lineup prediction

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Jun 6, 2021; Kawhi Leonard reacts during a playoff game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers, who already had star center Serge Ibaka (back surgery) out for the season, invited more troubles. Kawhi Leonard will now miss his eighth straight game of the playoffs 2021 because of his knee injury. And in a new addition, their injury report has another center Ivica Zubac as a day-to-day decision after showing trouble with his knee.

Probable starting lineup – Paul George (F), Marcus Morris Sr (F), Terence Mann (C), Reggie Jackson (G), and Patrick Beverley (G)

The Phoenix Suns are surprisingly and wonderfully the team with nobody on their injury list. After Chris Paul collided with Patrick Beverley and took a scary fall in Game 5, it appeared like an injury scare. However, he could recover quickly and the Suns are all clean.

Potential starting five – Jae Crowder (PF), Mikal Bridges (SF), De’Andre Ayton (C), Chris Paul (PG), Devin Booker (SG)

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Who wins?

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In Game 5, the Clippers going small helped as Ivica Zubac missed the play. Moreover, they were very clutch in their performance as the Clips led their 103-96 lead and turned it into a 112-96 lead in the final minutes. All of that happened with Paul George’s 41-point double-double that helped them close with ease.

On the other hand, Chris Paul drinking his ‘secret stuff’ prior to the game got him 22 impressive points. However, he did struggle when guarding PG and that was quite evident in so many sequences where the latter completely tricked him. Plus, Reggie Jackson’s huge single-handed jam further meant that the Clippers wouldn’t go home without putting up a fight.

Now, the Suns surely carry a roster advantage but the Clippers carry a momentum advantage. So Game 6 is sure to be a feisty fight. Would Steve Ballmer again get to hug PG with the same love? We think yes! Although an unpopular opinion, the Clips can force an eliminator.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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