Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George revealed that unless Kawhi Leonard isn’t feeling 100%, they wouldn’t want him to play Game 5 of the WCF.
Ever since their early playoffs exit last season in the Orlando Bubble, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking more determined than ever. Behind the All-Star duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and few notable acquisitions like Nicolas Batum and Rajon Rondo, the team is looking to be a better and complete team than before.
Despite being down 0-2 in their first two playoffs series against Dallas and Utah, this season, the Clippers have managed to successfully mount a comeback and clinch the series in 7 and 6 games respectively. However, the narrative in the Western Conference Finals is completely different.
After suffering a 2-0 deficit against Phoenix Suns, LAC managed to win the third game of the series. Sadly, the Clippers couldn’t win their 7th home game in a row, falling to CP3 and co. by 4 points.
PG13, who played yet another game in Leonard’s absence, had a great 23-point, 16-rebounds double-double performance, despite which the Suns won 84-80.
“If Kawhi Leonard isn’t 100%, we wouldn’t want him to play Game 5”: Paul George
To recall, Kawhi had suffered a knee injury back in Game 4 of their Western Conference Semis against the Jazz. Ever since the “Fun Guy” hasn’t been able to suit up for his team.
Having their backs against the wall and suffering a 3-1 series deficit, the Clippers will definitely hope for Kawhi to recovery and return on the court just in time for Game 5.
However, after the Game 4 loss, Paul George revealed that unless Leonard wasn’t feeling 100% alright, the team wouldn’t want The Klaw to be out on the floor. PG said:
“I can’t speak for Kawhi, but if he’s not 100%, we don’t want him out there, as a teammate and a brother. His health is just more important than anything else.”
Just like Paul George, Clippers Nation is hopeful that Kawhi Leonard will come back to play soon 🙏
But either way, we will not back down against the Suns 🏀 pic.twitter.com/lnkF24CwFH
— Clippers Nation (@ClipperNationCP) June 27, 2021
Kawhi Leonard will definitely not risk his knee unless he is medically declared fit to play. It will have to be George, who produces some of his best performances over the next couple of games.
Since Leonard sat out with the injury, Paul started playing on an MVP level, averaging 30.4 points, 10 rebounds 6.2 assists in 41.8 minutes per game. Of course, Ty Lue will be expecting a lot out of Paul and the renaming support cast.
Trailing 3-1 against an in-form Phoenix team, the chances of overcoming and reaching their first-ever NBA Finals seems a bit far stretched for the Clippers.