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Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is reported to be absent from game five of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns on Monday.
Yahoo Sports NBA insider Chris Haynes, appearing on NBA TV, said it was “extremely unlikely” that Leonard will be traveling with the Clippers for Game 5 (starting at 1:15 a.m.):
Leonard has not featured since Game Four of the Clippers’ second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz due to a knee injury.
Haynes said the altitude was associated with flying to Phoenix. “Not good for his knees”
Leonard, 29, is a two-time NBA champion (and two finals MVP), two-time defensive lineman and five-time All-Star. He averages 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds. 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game this season while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from three.
With Leonard away, Paul George scores a lot and has the obligation to play the game with various results. Compared to The Sun He averaged 27.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, but scored 35.4 percent from the field and 24.4 percent from three. He’s lost 14 of 46 from the field in the past two games.
Terance Mann and Reggie Jackson also had the opportunity to be more aggressive.
The Clippers who never reached the final in franchise history Trailing the series 3-1 after Phoenix won 84-80 in Game 4 on Saturday.