The Clippers were already dealing with Kawhi Leonard’s serious injury-and then they received more bad news.
Shortly before Game 5 of the 2021 Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles eliminated Ivica Zubac with a right knee injury. However, the Clippers managed to survive without a big man, defeating the Suns in Phoenix to avoid being eliminated and returning the series to Los Angeles.
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The following is the latest news from Leonard and Zubac before the 6th game on Wednesday.
Will Kawhi Leonard play against the Suns?
Leonard was listed as absent in the official sixth injury report. The Clippers forward has never played since he sprained his right knee in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Los Angeles did not provide any additional information about Leonard’s recovery schedule. Reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Last week, there was not much optimism within the organization that Leonard will return soon. He said, “There is no confidence in Kawhi Leonard’s return in Los Angeles.”
In 11 games in the playoffs, Leonard averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game, shooting 57.3% from the field and 39.3% from the three-point field.
Will Ivica Zubac play against the Suns?
Zubac was listed as having a problem in the sixth game. The Clippers center sprained the right MCL in Game 4.
In the absence of Zubac, Lu relied on his small ball lineup in the fifth game in Los Angeles, but he also got DeMarcus Cousins’ outstanding performance, he scored 15 points in 11 minutes. If Zubac can not participate in the sixth game, Cousins can once again play a key role for the Clippers.
In 17 playoff games, Zubac averaged 6.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, shooting 59.6% from the field.
The 6th injury report of the Clippers against the Suns
(As of 5:30 PM EST on Wednesday)
|scissors||Sergi Ibaka||Go out||Retreat; surgery|
|scissors||Kawhi Leonard||Go out||Right knee; sprain|
|scissors||Ivica Zubak||suspicious||Right knee; MCL sprain|
|Suns||Devin Booker||usable||Nose; broken|
|Suns||Abdul Nader||may||Right knee; rehabilitation|