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LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will miss Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Utah Jazz with a right knee injury and could be out the remainder of the series.
The Clippers announced Wednesday that Leonard sustained a right knee sprain in their Game 4 victory and there is “no timetable for his return.”
More imaging needs to be done to determine the severity of the sprained ligament after the swelling subsides, sources told ESPN.
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Leonard tweaked the knee on a drive late in LA’s Game 4 victory in the Western Conference semifinals, grimacing in pain as he planted on the way to the basket. He stayed in briefly but didn’t finish the game.
After the game, Leonard clearly did not want to talk about his knee.
“I’m good,” Leonard said. “Next question.”
He informed his teammates late Tuesday that he’d be out for Wednesday, sources said.
Leonard sustained a quad tendon injury in his right knee in 2017 but more recently has dealt with issues in his left knee.
He has been great in the postseason for the Clippers and is averaging 27.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in the four games against the Jazz.
LA already is without center Serge Ibaka, who had back surgery last week.
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.