Clippers star Kawhi Leonard’s injury status gets critical update from Ty Lue
As expected, Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has officially been ruled out of the Western Conference Finals Game 1 against the Phoenix Suns. However, Ty Lue is not closing the door on a potential return in Game 2 of the series.
When it was announced that Leonard won’t be joining the team in their trip to Phoenix for Sunday’s game, it was already expected that he won’t play in the opener. The team confirmed that in their announcement that Kawhi is still nursing his right knee sprain.
However, speaking to reporters on Saturday, Lue noted that there is no decision yet on Leonard for Game 2, which raises hopes that he could return sooner rather than later.
Ty on whether there's a window for Kawhi's return: "I know Game 1 for sure … not sure Game 2 yet."
— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) June 20, 2021
Of course, realistically speaking, Kawhi Leonard playing in Game 2 appears unlikely at this point given he didn’t join the team in their travel. With that, it is safe to assume that he would also sit out Game 2 in Phoenix.
However, what Ty Lue’s update indicates is that the Clippers are taking his injury day-to-day–which is a good sign for the Clippers.
There are talks that the veteran forward sprained his ACL, and considering the Clippers are being secretive with his condition, there have been fears he could be out far longer than expected.
Hopefully, Leonard’s injury is truly not serious and that he’ll be able to suit up for the team in the West Finals. After all, he is the most important player for the team and will be key in their bid to reach the franchise’s first NBA Finals.