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Reporter has worrying Kawhi Leonard update prior to Game 4

Kawhi Leonard in a warmup shirt

Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) warms up prior to game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard has already been ruled out of Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, but the Los Angeles Clippers star’s status for Game 5 does not sound particularly promising either.

In an appearance on NBATV Saturday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports said the Clippers are still treating Leonard as day-to-day. However, there is real concern about his sprained knee, and the team has no actual timetable for his potential return.

“The Clippers are still ruling him day-to-day with a right knee sprain,” Haynes said. “What we know is that this injury is not connected to the ACL tear that he suffered two years ago, but it is the same knee, so that is worrisome. There is no timetable as of right now. They don’t know when Kawhi is going to return. They’re still putting out hope that he could at some point, but it’s not looking good.”

Leonard was ruled out of Saturday’s Game 4 a full day early, which is usually not a great sign. It sounds like there is some real doubt about whether he can even get back in action during the series against the Phoenix Suns, a series that the Clippers already trail 2-1. They are at a major disadvantage in that scenario, and that becomes even more true with Paul George also sidelined for the foreseeable future.

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