Clippers star Kawhi Leonard out vs. Cavs with leg injury
The Los Angeles Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard on Sunday when the team takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the STAPLES Center. The former two-time Finals MVP is currently dealing with a leg injury and will be forced to sit out Sunday’s tilt, per our own Tomer Azarly.
Kawhi Leonard will miss tonight's game against the Cavs with a lower leg contusion, per @TomerAzarly. Paul George is also out with bone edema.
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Leonard, who recently made his strong feelings known about the league’s plans for an All-Star game, does not appear to be dealing with a serious, and this is likely just a typical load management night off being handed to him by the Clippers. Then again, you never know with Kawhi.
The 29-year-old looked absolutely fine on Friday, logging 33 points and six rebounds in a win against the Chicago Bulls. He did head to the locker room in that game but was able to return to finish the contest. It is very much possible that this leg contusion is related to that.
The fact that the Clippers are playing the 10-17 Cavs on Sunday likely also served as a factor in the team’s decision to have Kawhi sit out the matchup. This will be Leonard’s fifth missed game of the season.
The Clippers will be back in action on Monday in the second night of a back-to-back set, and while there is a good chance Leonard will be available for that contest against the Miami Heat, it also wouldn’t be surprising if L.A. opts to give their start another night off.
As for the Cavs, they enter Sunday’s matchup on a six-game losing skid. The fact that Leonard will be out of action bodes well for their chances to log their first victory in so many games, but at this point, Cleveland still remains to be the underdog.