By Peter Gleason
Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will likely miss tonight’s game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals series at the Utah Jazz with a knee injury, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne.
The injury could reportedly keep Leonard out for the remainder of the series.
Leonard appeared to tweak his right knee on a collision in transition with Utah Jazz wing Joe Ingles at the 5:25 mark of the fourth quarter in Monday’s Game 4. He limped on his right leg before missing a pair of free throws. Leonard remained in the game, only to sub out of the Clippers’ 118-104 victory 50 seconds later.
Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and is out indefinitely, jeopardizing the star’s availability for the Western Conference finals, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.
The NBA’s rules for coronavirus-related isolation periods have evolved throughout the season in correlation with increasing vaccine numbers. If Paul is already vaccinated against COVID-19, he could be facing a shorter absence from the Suns.