PLAYA VISTA – Kawhi Leonard made his first appearance on the basketball court since he underwent an extensive, public shooting workout on March 8. The Los Angeles Clippers forward participated in another shooting drill on Tuesday afternoon, this time about 45 minutes before the team’s practice.

Just before beginning his shooting drills, Leonard requested that the media stop recording him.

“Curtis! Dennis!,” Leonard called out, referring to the Clippers PR staffers. “Can we shut it down so I can shoot?”

While recording Kawhi Leonard was shut down, keeping track of his drills was not. He went through a combination of free throws, elbow jumpers, and then around the arc three-pointers. The focus appeared to be taking a jab-step before taking each jump shot. Jab with the right foot, jumper. Jab with the left foot, jumper.

Kawhi Leonard repeated that as he worked his way from elbow to elbow, baseline to baseline, and around the perimeter.

When asked about Leonard a few minutes before practice, Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue declined to say anything about him.

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“I didn’t see him,” Lue joked.

As of April 5, Leonard has not been shut down for the season by the Clippers. At this point, however, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that he makes a return this season.

Lue’s preference would be to have one of his injured players participate in a regular season game and not have to jump into the thick of things in the NBA Playoffs. He didn’t, however, rule out a potential return if players are cleared and they choose to play.

“If it were up to me, I would say yes (to shutting them down if they can’t play a regular season game) because to hit the playoffs going at 100, from zero to 100, that is pretty tough. But if the medical guys say they are cleared and they are able to do that, that is totally up to them,” Lue said.

Kawhi Leonard has missed all 78 games for the Clippers this season as he recovers from offseason ACL surgery. April 4 marked nine months post-operation for Leonard, but there still seems to be no indication whether he is close to a return. If there is, the Clippers are staying tight-lipped about it.