Kawhi Leonard’ Injury Status for Los Angeles Clippers (Updated: Apr. 25)

Kawhi Leonard (born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers (NBA). He is a two-time NBA champion, five-time All-Star, and three-time All-NBA First Team selection.

What is Kawhi Leonard’s injury?

Injury: Knee

Status: Expected to be out until at least Apr. 27

Updated (Apr. 25): 

Leonard (knee) will miss Game 5 versus Phoenix on Tuesday.

Given Leonard’s absence from practice on Monday, and the Clippers trailing the series 1-3, it’s possible we’ve seen the last of the star forward this season. Norman Powell, Eric Gordon, and Nicolas Batum will continue to step in for him.

Updated (Apr. 20): 

Kawhi Leonard will play against the Suns on Thursday.

Leonard closed Game 2 with 31 points (11-20 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals over 39 minutes.

Despite being frequently double-teamed by the Suns, Leonard improved on his stellar performance in Game 1. Although Russell Westbrook’s improved play has provided the Clippers with another reliable scoring option, Paul George’s (knee) absence continues to limit the team’s ability to advance.

Updated (Apr. 18): 

Against the Suns on Tuesday, Kawhi Leonard will get some court time.

Updated (Apr. 16): 

Kawhi Leonard will play against the Suns on Sunday.

Updated (Apr. 09): 

Coach Tyronn Lue stated that no Clippers players will be rested against the Suns on Sunday, implying that Leonard will play both ends of the Saturday-Sunday back-to-back, according to Joey Linn of SI.com.

UPDATE (Apr. 08):

Kawhi Leonard will play against the Blazers on Saturday.

UPDATE (Apr. 01):

Kawhi Leonard has been given the all-clear to play this Saturday against the Pelicans.

The Clippers decided to sit Leonard at halftime on Friday because they wanted to keep him fresh for the second game of the back-to-back. Leonard is expected to have a regular workload against the Pelicans.

UPDATE (Mar. 31):

According to Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times, Leonard’s status for Friday’s game against the Grizzlies due to a personal matter is in question.

Leonard missed Wednesday’s game against the Grizzlies due to personal reasons, and his status for Friday appears to be similarly uncertain.

UPDATE (Mar. 29):

Kawhi Leonard (face) is ready for Wednesday’s game against the Grizzlies.

UPDATE (Mar. 25):

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Clippers won 127-15 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kahwi Leonard scored 32 points, grabbed six boards, and dished out six assists on the night. He made 13 of 15 attempts.

Without Paul George (knee), Leonard was asked to take on a larger offensive role than usual, and the veteran forward delivered with one of his best performances ever.

UPDATE (Mar. 23):

During his 38 minutes on the court, Kawhi Leonard led the team with 21 points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

Leonard hasn’t had any time restrictions in weeks, and in his last six games he’s averaged 35 minutes per game (with the exception of resting for one leg of back-to-back sets).

Kawhi Leonard’s minutes and offensive responsibilities are expected to keep growing as a result of Paul George’s (knee) injury, which forced him to leave Tuesday’s game on a stretcher.