Kawhi Leonard, who is sidelined with a knee injury, won’t be joining the Los Angeles Clippers for the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Leonard is out indefinitely after suffering a right knee injury in Game 4 versus the Utah Jazz. The Clippers’ superstar averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.1 steals through 11 playoff appearances this season.
This will be the Clippers’ first appearance in the West Finals in 50 years as an NBA franchise. The Suns will also have to face a major absence of their own.
Chris Paul has not officially sidelined yet for Game 1, however he remains in health and safety protocols due to COVID-19.