The Clippers reached the Western Conference finals for the archetypal clip successful franchise past past season. If they privation to marque it backmost to that playoff circular again, they volition person to collectively regenerate the accumulation of their champion player.
Kawhi Leonard volition beryllium sidelined indefinitely aft undergoing surgery successful July to repair a partial teardrop of the ACL successful his close knee. Leonard whitethorn beryllium capable to rejoin the rotation astatine immoderate constituent during the 2021-22 season, but Paul George and Co. volition beryllium expected to bash the dense lifting to commencement the caller campaign.
What's adjacent for Leonard? Here's everything we cognize astir his injury and the latest quality connected erstwhile helium whitethorn instrumentality to the court.
What is Kawhi Leonard's injury?
Leonard suffered a close knee injury during Game 4 of the 2021 Western Conference semifinals. The two-time NBA Finals MVP came up limping aft a thrust toward the handbasket against Jazz guardant Joe Ingles. He ended up sitting the past four-plus minutes of that contest, but successful his postgame interrogation with TNT's Rebecca Haarlow, helium said, "I'll beryllium good."
Unfortunately for Leonard, the genu contented was much superior than helium thought and ended what had been a spectacular playoff run. The Clippers announced connected July 13 that Leonard underwent palmy country to repair the partially torn ACL, adding that determination is "no timetable for his return."
In 52 games past season, Leonard averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals, earning a spot connected the All-NBA First Team.
How agelong volition Kawhi Leonard beryllium out?
When asked astir his betterment timeline astatine the Clippers' media day, Leonard didn't connection a circumstantial date, lone telling reporters that helium is "working with the unit time to day."
"That's the situation of it, conscionable seeing however rapidly I tin get amended and stronger I tin get than what I was erstwhile I'm healthy," Leonard said. "That's wherever I beauteous overmuch crook my mindset to."
The 30-year-old added that helium signed a semipermanent deal to enactment in Los Angeles in portion due to the fact that helium wants to play this season.
"One thing, I wanted to unafraid immoderate money, and I wanted to beryllium capable to travel backmost if I was capable to this year," Leonard said. "If I would've took the one-and-one [deal], I astir apt would person not played conscionable to beryllium cautious and opted retired and took a five-year [deal]. But I'm here. I'm present to beryllium a Clipper. I'm not going to different squad unless thing drastic happens. I'm present for the agelong run."
While it is intolerable to cognize precisely however overmuch clip Leonard volition miss, wounded adept Jeff Stotts believes his betterment will extend into adjacent year.
Re: Kawhi: Thomas Bryant & Spencer Dinwiddie each missed 60+ games aft undergoing country for Grade 2 (partial tear) ACL injuries earlier this season. Dinwiddie was cleared for hoops activities ~6 months aft surgery. Look for Kawhi’s betterment to carryover into adjacent year.— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) July 14, 2021
Update arsenic of Jan. 6, 2022: As per a study by Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Leonard is acold up of docket connected his betterment and could instrumentality to the tribunal for the Clippers this season.
Kawhi Leonard vocation stats, highlights
- 19.2 points per game
- 6.4 rebounds per game
- 2.9 assists per game
- 0.6 blocks per game
- 1.8 steals per game
- 1.6 turnovers per game
- 31.3 minutes per game
- 49.3 percent shooting
- 38.4 percent 3-point shooting
- 85.8 percent escaped propulsion shooting