Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? LA Clippers vs Grizzlies: Predictions, Injury Report & Lineups

Published 04/21/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Feb 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA’s most in-form team, LA Clippers, will host Memphis Grizzlies tonight as the season intensifies for both the teams who are bidding to move higher in the seedings of the Western Conference Table. While the Clippers lie in third place, the Grizzlies occupy eighth.


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Date & Time: April 21, 2021, 9pm ET

Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles


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Record: Clippers (41-19), Grizzlies (29-27)

Jan 29, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) shoots the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the third quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | LA Clippers

Out of their last 10 games, the Clippers have lost just once. What’s more impressive is the fact that Kawhi Leonard has featured in less than half of these games. And he will continue to miss out as the medical staff has ruled him out for another week because of right foot soreness.

Joining him on the sidelines are the other starters, Serge Ibaka and Patrick Beverley, who have been nursing their injury issues for the past few weeks.

In their absence, Paul George has been playing an instrumental role, averaging 28.8 points on 48.4% three-point shooting in these last 10 games while Rajon Rondo has been providing the necessary spark off the bench. Their partnership will again hold the key to their chances.

Starting 5 for LA Clippers

Guard – Reggie Jackson

Guard – Terence Mann

Center – Ivica Zubac

Forward – Marcus Morris Sr.

Forward – Paul George

Preview | Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies have been in a similar form to the Clippers. Their win-loss ratio in the last five games does not do justice to how well they have been playing on the court. Out of the last five games, they have had a couple of close losses against the Mavericks and the Nuggets.

Jonas Valanciunas won’t play a part because of a concussion as well as Jaren Jackson Jr. whose knee has been bothering him for some time. The onus will be on Ja Morant to lead his team to victory.

Feb 8, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Starting 5 for Memphis Grizzlies

Guard – Ja Morant

Guard – Grayson Allen


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Center – Xavier Tillman

Forward – Desmond Bane

Forward – Kyle Anderson


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Predictions | Clippers vs Grizzlies

In current form, it is hard to look past the Clippers as the favorites for this NBA matchup. With both the offenses flowing right now, we expect a high-scoring game where the Clippers will eventually emerge victorious.



Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.