The Los Angeles Clippers haven’t decided as to whether or not Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will play this season. The former tore his ACL last June while the latter is battling a torn UCL.
George, though, looks closer to coming back, however, Leonard has been stepping up his workouts.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, head coach Tyronn Lue doesn’t want to risk bringing the All-Stars back for the playoffs if they aren’t able to return during the regular season.
“Kawhi Leonard participated in a rigorous pregame workout that lasted for well over an hour today,” Haynes reported during Tuesday’s broadcast of the game between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors on TNT (H/T RealGM). “I was told it was his first extended workout he’s performed in front of media members. From my observation, he has zero limitations. Yet still, the Clippers are being cautious and still aren’t issuing a timetable for him or Paul George.
“I spoke with Coach [Ty] Lue and he told me that if he can’t get his guys back for games in the regular season, it wouldn’t be safe for them to return in the playoffs.”
The Clippers are currently in eighth place in the Western Conference and aren’t yet guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, with the Lakers 4.5 games behind in ninth place. They lost 112-97 to Golden State on the night.