Will Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 02/26/2021, 12:30 PM EST
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


Los Angeles Clippers suffered their 11th loss of the season against the Grizzlies. With their latest loss, they now have a record of 23 wins and 11 losses and are the 2nd seed in the Western Conference.

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Memphis Grizzlies won their first game of a back-to-back against the Clippers. With their latest win, they now have a .500 record with 14 wins and 14 losses and are the 9th seed in the Western Conference.

The Clippers face off against the Grizzlies tonight at 8:00 PM EST. Let’s 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 were crushed by the Grizzlies who defeated them 114-96. Their superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George had a dismal night on the court, shooting 6-14 and 3-12 shots from the field. With a misfiring offense, an all-round display from the Grizzlies humbled the Clippers.

Feb 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) is defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers have some major injury concerns ahead of their 2nd game against the Grizzlies. Jay Scrubb, their backup shooting guard, is suffering from a foot injury and is out against the Grizzlies.

Forward Patrick Patterson and key bench scorer Lou Williams are out due to personal reasons. The Clippers were disappointing in their last game against the Grizzlies. They will hope to get back to winning ways in their next game.

Probable Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Nicolas Batum (F)

Serge Ibaka (C)

Memphis Grizzlies injury updates and predicted lineup

After two disappointing losses to the Suns and the Mavs, the Grizzlies pulled off a surprising win against the Clippers. It was a complete team performance with 7 players scoring more than 10 points.

Jan 3, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) fight for the ball during the second half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

As of now, the Grizzlies are dealing with several injury issues prior to their game against the champions. Their center Killian Tillie is out with a foot injury. Guard Justice Winslow is out with a hip injury. Forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jontay Porter are also out with knee injuries.

The Grizzlies will be determined to build on this win and defeat the Clippers once again.

Probable Lineup

Ja Morant (G)

Grayson Allen (G)

Dillon Brooks (F)

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Kyle Anderson (F)

Jonas Valanciunas (C)

Predictions

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The Clippers are in a dwindling form right now, with 3 losses in the last 5 games. They will hope to make a comeback in the 2nd game of the back to back against the Grizzlies. Given the quality they have in their roster, they surely have an edge against the Grizzlies.

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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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