Kawhi Leonard injured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament back in 2021 while competing in the playoffs for the Los Angeles Clippers.
This forced the 2019 NBA Champions and Finals MVP to miss an entire season of basketball as he rehabilitated his knee.
The Clippers superstar has appeared in just two games for the Clippers since the season began on Oct. 20. He’s averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and two assists. However, he has missed action for a number of games in the few past weeks due to the lingering ACL
Kawhi's Persistent Knee Issue
The five-time All-Star will miss his eight straight game as the Clippers' organization do not have a time frame for his return.
“We knew coming off an ACL it wasn’t going to be a straight line. We talked about it before the season,” coach Tyronn Lue said before the Clippers hosted the Utah Jazz. “The biggest thing is he’s progressing well. We’re just going to follow the lead of our medical staff. We got to be smart about the situation.”
Leonard didn’t join the Clippers on their recent two-game trip to Texas. Lue said Leonard has been working out on his own.
“He’s progressing and he’s getting better, so that’s the most important thing,” the coach said. “There’s really not a timeframe of when he’s going to be back.”
The Clippers have major aspirations to win the franchise’s first NBA championship and Leonard figures heavily in those plans.
The team is 5-5 and won three in a row heading into Sunday night's 110 - 102 defeat to the Utah Jazz. They face the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.