Kawhi Leonard ruled out of Clippers' blockbuster clash against Warriors

Los Angeles, California - NBA star Kawhi Leonard's return to the Los Angeles Clippers lasted three games before another injury, with a rolled ankle ruling him out of Wednesday's fixture against the Golden State Warriors.

The Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of Wednesday's showdown with the Golden State Warriors after rolling his ankle.
The Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of Wednesday's showdown with the Golden State Warriors after rolling his ankle.  © Collage: REUTERS

Leonard missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in the 2021 playoffs. After returning for two games in October, he proceeded to miss another three weeks with his troublesome knee.

The 31-year-old two-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year has started each of the Clippers' past three games, averaging 8.3 points in 23.3 minutes as he works his way back into form.

In Monday's win against the Utah Jazz, where the Clippers were already missing Paul George due to a strained hamstring, Leonard landed awkwardly after attempting to block a shot in the fourth quarter, and was subsequently ruled out of the rest of the contest.

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After that game, he said: "I just rolled my ankle… but I should be fine."

The Clippers sorely miss Leonard at his offensive best, as they currently boast the second-best defense in the league, but the third-worst offense.

His next opportunity to get back on the floor will be Friday at home against the Denver Nuggets, or if that is too soon, Sunday at home against the Indiana Pacers.

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