Kawhi worries the Clippers again

History repeats itself in the Clippers. The injury section wreaks havoc again in the angelina franchise. This time, at the worst moment. The protagonist is the same, but the context reflects a very different situation.

Kawhi Leonard was not present at the important game 3 who faced the phoenix suns and to the team of Tyronne Luedue to a right knee injury. The alarms turn on again in what seems like a groundhog day constant. The Californian team responded, pushing those from Arizonawho decided the game, in large part, by the 45 points from Devin Bookerand they put the 2-1 favorable in the tie.

A few hours after the crucial duel began, Adrian Wojnarowski and ohm youngmisukBoth of ESPN, announced the surprising loss of Leonard. What is surprising is emphasized, because he had been at a great level both sporting and physical in the two previous matches and in the final stretch of the regular season. The optimism that invited us to believe in a possible regularityas much of meetings, as of minutes and sensations of one of the best players of the NBA in the last century, seems to have evaporated.

The information also indicates that this relapse is not related with the cruciate ligament tear that he had in the same knee, and that will be reassessed daily to find out if he is in full condition to play minutes in a scenario as important as the playoffs.

This setback is coupled with the drop in Paul George after a sprained knee caused by a serious fall in front of Oklahoma City Thunder last March. The guard was ruled out for the remainder of the tie. “Is frustrating”, recognized Lue in the locker room after the crash. “Our boys have been through a lot this year… getting to the point where we were playing well even without George, and now this…”, explained the coach.

The Clippers’ record without Leonard and George on the court is 3-10 this season. Two games away from being eliminated, it is not the best omen against a team that punishes any weakness with the talent of Durant, Paul or the aforementioned Booker. This absence is lamented in turn within the locker room. “I’m sad for him”, he commented Russell Westbrook after the crash. “I was playing his best basketball in a long time, surely the best in the world. It’s a bad thing for him mentally”, clarified the point guard of the Los Angeles team, who is showing a good level.

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endless history

Kawhi Leonard is missing again at the most important moment of the season. Different shirts and situations, but same result. This story is long.

In 2017 he was injured ankle in the famous action with Zaza Patchoulia. The forward, at that time a player of Saint Anthony Spurs, landed on the foot of the Georgian center, an act that was not overlooked by the league and introduced a rule related to the shooter’s cylinder, so that there would never be something like that again.

In 2021one of the best moments on a personal level with the Los Angeles team, the star had a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in the Western conference semifinals before the Utah Jazz.

Leonard missed the full season 2021/22 for this ligament injury. He did not play a single minute under Tyronne Lue’s orders. In the current campaign, the player played 52 out of 82 regular-season games, plus the first two in the series against Phoenix, including a big win at Arizona in it game 1.

The Clippers have to save the match balland for this, with the confirmed loss of George, They need Leonard. The situation of the forward turns on the alarms in a Los Angeles team that, finally, seemed to have hit the key, and that it is not completely clear if the project is on the right path.

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