Kawhi Leonard opens up on late injury in Game 4 vs. Jazz
With 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Clippers up 105-88, Joe Ingles intentionally fouled Kawhi Leonard on a fast break opportunity. Leonard came up hobbling, grabbing at his knee and attempting to massage the area. The Clippers were in the bonus, but both of Leonard’s free throws blanked off the rim and missed.
On the ensuing possession, Leonard committed a shooting foul and head coach Tyronn Lue called a timeout to try and give his star a few minutes to walk off whatever was budding him. Leonard returned to the court after the timeout, and after another possession, walked to the Clippers bench while Ivica Zubac replaced him.
Leonard was not checked on by any of the Clippers’ medical staff members, but he also did not return for the final 5:25 of the game.
In his postgame interview, Kawhi Leonard confirmed he was fine.
“I’m good, next question.”
Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers were able to tie the series up at 2-2 heading into a pivotal Game 5 in Utah on Wednesday night. If they win that game, they’ll get just one game away from their first ever Conference Finals in franchise history. They’ve been a game away multiple times, however, like last season up 3-1 on the Denver Nuggets and in 2015 up 3-1 on the Houston Rockets.