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Kawhi Leonard to miss third straight game for Clippers, out vs. Thunder

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The Los Angeles Clippers and veteran NBA swingman Kawhi Leonard are taking this whole “load management” movement to new heights, so it appears.

However, Leonard’s upcoming absence against the Oklahoma City Thunder may be stemming from an actual injury that has been hindering the former San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors small forward.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Leonard has been ruled out for his team’s looming matchup against the Thunder due to “a left knee contusion.” Leonard originally suffered the injury against the Houston Rockets back on Wednesday last week and has not played since then.

Kawhi missed the team’s past two games against the New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks.

Leonard has missed games throughout the 2019-20 regular season due to both some slight injuries and the aforementioned “load management.” In other words, the Clippers are being extra careful regarding the health of the oft-injured All-Star, who has encountered his fair share of injury troubles that date back to his time with the Spurs.

However, it does not appear as though Leonard is currently dealing with a serious setback, which bodes well for the Clippers.

Despite the fact that Leonard has already missed a slew of games this season, the Clippers remain in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race — granted it is very early in the season. As it stands today, the Clips sit at 8-5 on the year, a mark that is good for sixth in the ever competitive West.