2021 Playoffs: West Final | Suns vs. Clippers

Kawhi Leonard out for Suns-Clippers Game 4 with sprained right knee

The Clippers won Game 3 despite Leonard's continued absence, and have a chance to even the series Saturday.

From NBA.com News Services

The Clippers survived Leonard’s absence in the last round against Utah and handed Phoenix its first loss since May 27.

The Clippers established momentum with a Game 3 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals without Kawhi Leonard. They will need to keep it without him, too.

The All-NBA First Team forward remains out for Saturday’s Game 4 (9 ET, ESPN) with a sprained right knee, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue told the media Friday evening. Leonard has not played since Game 4 of LA’s series against the Utah Jazz in the previous round of the playoffs.

Yet without Leonard, the Clippers have still managed to play high-quality basketball that saw them seize the first conference finals victory in franchise history. LA still trails Phoenix 2-1 heading into Saturday’s Game 4 showdown.

Leonard was averaging 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.1 steals while shooting 57.3% over 11 playoff games. Paul George is putting up 30.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game during Leonard’s five-game absence.