Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 01/05/2021, 7:00 PM EST
Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) controls the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) guards in the third quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


The Clippers have been in splendid form, winning 5 of the 7 games they have played. Their star Paul George who was disappointing in last year’s Playoffs has stepped up and become a key offensive threat on the court.

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The San Antonio Spurs suffered their 4th successive loss of the season against the Utah Jazz. Given the start they had, they will be disappointed to suffer from 4 losses in a row.

The Clippers face the Spurs at 10:00 PM ET tonight. Let’s take a look at the injury reports and the probable lineups of the teams.

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Los Angeles Clippers injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers have the best record in the Western Conference with 5 victories in the first 7 games they have played. After a close defeat to the Jazz, the Clippers had an impressive win against the Phoenix Suns.

They have a healthy squad and only have a single minor casualty in Jay Scrubb, their backup shooting guard, who is suffering from a foot injury. Forward Marcus Morris is questionable for the game against the Spurs.

With a healthy roster, the Clippers will hope that they can continue their winning ways against the Spurs.

Probable Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Nicolas Batum (F)

Serge Ibaka (C)

San Antonio Spurs injury updates and predicted lineup

The San Antonio Spurs lost yet again as they were simply outclassed by the Jazz in their last match. Given that they are missing some key players, the squad won’t be that disheartened. They now have a record of 2 wins and 4 losses.

Dec 15, 2020; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins (15) looks to pass under pressure from San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV (1) during the first half. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is listed as questionable for their clash against the Clippers. Rotation guards Derrick White and Quinndary Weatherspoon will also miss the game against the Jazz with a toe injury and a knee injury, respectively.

They will look to make a comeback from the losses, but will face tough opposition in the Clippers.

Probable Lineup

DeJounte Murray (G)

Lonnie Walker IV (G)

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DeMar DeRozan (F)

Keldon Johnson (F)

Jakob Poeltl (C)

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Predictions

The Clippers currently are the best team in the West. They also do not have any major injury concerns coming into the match against the Spurs. The Clippers will hope that their stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George can lead them to a comfortable victory.

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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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