Huge update on Kawhi Leonard Injury – ahead of schedule in the rehab process

Major update regarding Kawhi Leonard and his ACL injury rehab

Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers’ fans finally have a piece of good news amidst the rough season. The Clippers’ star Kawhi Leonard is ahead of his schedule in recovering from his torn ACL.

Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard

An ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury is one of the most dreaded and career-threatening injuries in sports. It sidelines a player for six to nine months usually. ACL is one of the most important ligaments in the knee joint. It is the ligament that connects the thighbone to the shinbone at the knee.

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Kawhi Leonard injured his knee in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz on June 14. The Clippers won the series against the Jazz but they missed Kawhi in the Conference Finals as they lost to the Phoenix Suns. Since then, Kawhi is yet to play a game in the NBA.

Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard

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The former Defensive Player of the Year is currently in the rehab phase having already undergone a surgical repair. Now, Leonard has ‘amped up his workload‘ and physically looks ‘stronger and stronger‘ as per the NBA insider Chris Haynes. However, there is no timeline regarding Leonard’s return as of yet, but there is ‘strong possibility’ of him playing this season.

Haynes quoted – “League sources have informed me that Kawhi Leonard is actually ahead of schedule in his rehab and that a return this season is a strong possibility. Speaking with multiple Clippers players, they say he won’t be concerned with their playoff slotting believing that if fully healthy, they’ll be favorites over most in the West.”

How are the Clippers faring without Kawhi Leonard 

The Los Angeles Clippers currently have the 8th seed in the Western Conference with a season record of 19-20. They have several of their key players out due to injury including Paul George. George was having an MVP caliber season before he was forced to be sidelined due to a torn ligament in his right elbow. He will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks per Adrian Wojnarowski.

Here is an updated report of LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns predictions. The Los Angeles Clippers put on a stellar show with Paul George’s firing performance. After being 3-1 down before game 5, Phoenix Suns were pretty confident to seal the final of western conference. However, the LA Clippers did not let that happen. The Clippers defeated the Suns 116-102 on the back of a playoff-career-high outing from Paul George, who tallied 41 points on the night. Heading home to Staples center will boost their confidence. The Phoenix Suns were in their reach out for seizing the WC finals and move ahead. But their stumble to storming Clips shut the entire roster down. While Chris Paul and Devin Booker struggled with their shooting, the secondary roster of Cam Payne and Cam Johnson failed. Deandre Ayton was no great on the offence end as well. Now as they fly down to Staples Center, they will not let Clippers tie the series. LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Preview The LA Clippers put in a stellar performance to save their season on Monday and force a Game 6 against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center to be held on June 30th. The Game 5 win by the LA Clippers has now given the NBA Western Conference Finals a new life. It also presents yet another chance for their head coach, Ty Lue, to script a comeback from being down 1-3 in a series. Going for 41-points, Paul George set the tone to LA scoring. The Phoenix Suns did not look aggressive at all in Game 5. They allowed the LA Clippers to attack with ease, which saw the Suns go down by 15 points (20-5) to open the game. The Clippers scored a whopping 58 points in the Phoenix Suns' paint as Deandre Ayton had an off-night, recording only 10 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns committed 14 turnovers on the offensive end and could only accumulate 32 points in the paint, an area they have dominated previously in the 2021 NBA playoffs. LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Head to Head The Phoenix Suns are currently leding 3-2 in the series. • 2018-19 – Clippers 4-0 Suns • 2019-21 – Clippers 2-2 Suns • 2020-21 – Clippers 2-1 Suns LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Injury Report The Clippers however, will likely be without Kawhi Leonard again due to a knee injury. He hasn’t played this entire series and didn’t travel to Phoenix for Game 5. Big man Ivica Zubac has an MCL sprain in his knee and was side lined on Monday. But the update to Zubac is questionable ahead of game 6. The Suns are currently clean as they come out for game 6. But Chris Paul’s minor ankle issue might just be a determining factor. LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Line ups and Starting 5s The LA Clippers will probably start with Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverley, Terance Mann, Paul George and Marcus Morris. While their rotational players will be Nicolas Batum, Luke Kennard, DeMarcus Cousins, Amir Coffey and Ivica Zubac provided he plays. The Phoenix Suns will start unchanged. Their starts will be Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker and Chris Paul. Their look to substitution options will be Cameron Johnson, Cameron Payne, Torrey Craig and Dario Saric. LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns Predictions The LA Clippers have been fantastic in elimination games in the 2021 NBA playoffs, but the Phoenix Suns are a much better team than the ones they faced before. Such an perfoemance from Clippers has increased the match up level. Despite Suns being more favorite Staples Center has got Clips’ back. However, Phoenix Suns might just have a small edge with healthier roster. Gear up for the exciting game 6 with updated LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns predictions.
Paul George

Besides, the Clippers are also missing sharpshooter Luke Kennard and the big man Ivica Zubac as he remains in the Health and Safety Protocols. The Clippers will however have all their pieces back which can now possibly include Kawhi Leonard too.

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