LA Clippers Rule Out Kawhi Leonard For Game 6 Against Mavericks

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The LA Clippers are facing the challenge of prolonging their season in the absence of Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard has officially been sidelined for Game 6 in Dallas on Friday. The Clippers are on the brink of elimination, trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series against the Dallas Mavericks.

In contrast to the 2021 first-round series, where Leonard’s 45-point performance in Game 6 helped the Clippers survive elimination in Dallas, LA will now attempt to force a Game 7 without their key player.

Leonard will be absent for his third consecutive game due to inflammation in his surgically repaired right knee, which limited his playing time since Game 3.

Additionally, guard Terance Mann, an integral contributor for the Clippers, is listed as questionable with a lower right leg contusion.

In Game 5, the Clippers endured their most significant postseason defeat in franchise history, losing 123-93 without Leonard on the court.

Following his absence from the final eight regular-season games and Game 1 of the series, Leonard returned in Game 2, playing 35 minutes and scoring 15 points. However, his knee did not respond favorably, with President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank noting swelling.

Despite his efforts in Game 3, where he played 25 minutes and contributed nine points and nine rebounds, Leonard’s mobility was visibly compromised. Frank stated on Sunday that Leonard will remain sidelined until he can replicate his performance from Game 2, with no definitive timeline for his return.

If the Clippers manage to even the series in Dallas on Friday, Game 7 will take place on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena.