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When will Kawhi Leonard return for Clippers? Newest updates, stories and extra

The Los Angeles Clippers are almost assured to play the Dallas Mavericks within the first spherical of the NBA playoffs as both the fourth or fifth seed within the Western Convention, nevertheless it’s not clear if and when Kawhi Leonard shall be in uniform to hitch them.

As of Wednesday, April 10, the Clippers star is ready to overlook his sixth straight sport as a consequence of what the group is so far solely calling “proper knee irritation,” however was sufficient of a difficulty to see him despatched dwelling from a highway journey after it occurred, and has had little or no concrete info offered on it since.

He didn’t journey to Phoenix for the primary half of their back-to-back towards the Suns, and can sit out of the second half as properly:

Right here is remainder of the most recent we find out about what’s going on, and when he might be again:

Kawhi acquired an MRI

Based on Tomer Azarly, who covers the Clippers as a credentialed reporter for Clutch Factors, Leonard “underwent a precautionary MRI upon returning to Los Angeles, which didn’t present something that may trigger the Clippers vital concern.”

Leonard left the group’s highway journey after the soreness flared up vs. the Charlotte Hornets on April 1, and went again to Los Angeles for remedy fairly than proceed on with the group to Sacramento to face the Kings.

Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue was initially hoping Leonard could be again final Thursday, April 4 towards the Denver Nuggets… however he has as a substitute missed that sport as properly, and each sport since:

Azarly moreover reported that his sources say Leonard is “not anticipated to be out lengthy sufficient to hazard his playoff availability, assuming the Clippers end with a top-six seed.” Nevertheless, that “whereas the Clippers stay unconcerned about his standing general, group sources preserve that they won’t rush him again.”

The group will not be offering any substantial updates

The Clippers have largely been mum on any specifics relating to their perpetually mysterious star. Lue wouldn’t even affirm to the media whether or not or not Leonard acquired imaging executed on his injured proper knee:

The rationale for burbling skepticism about Leonard’s availability — and concerning the Clippers’ updates on it — is that this knee is similar one which Leonard tore his meniscus in in the course of the 2023 NBA Playoffs, which the Clippers initially framed as a day-to-day “proper knee sprain” earlier than confirming the a lot worse damage after the postseason was over.

Leonard additionally partially tore his ACL in the identical proper knee in the course of the 2021 NBA playoffs, later present process surgical procedure that price him all the 2021-22 season.

Leonard is the Clippers’ consensus finest participant, and their possibilities of doing a lot — if something — within the postseason will hinge on how wholesome he can get for the primary spherical, which is why the group’s caginess on this case bears monitoring.

Will Leonard be again for the 2024 NBA playoffs?

Thus far it seems that he’ll. Azarly reported on Friday, April 5 that Leonard “and the group are going by the rehab course of, managing the irritation in his knee, they usually’re hopeful he’ll return someday subsequent week, in time to play the ultimate two or three video games of the common season.”

The Clippers have two extra video games earlier than the top of the common season he might theoretically play in after being dominated out on Wednesday: Friday, April 12 towards the Utah Jazz, and Sunday, April 14 within the common season finale towards the Houston Rockets.

Keep tuned and bookmark this web page, as we shall be offering reside updates as they arrive on Leonard’s standing if and when he returns, whether or not to ramp up for the common season, or for the 2024 playoffs.

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