06/21/2021, 9:52 PM
Officially out for Game 2
Leonard did not even make the trip to Phoenix for Sunday's Game 1, and while it's still unclear exactly what's going on with his right knee, it doesn't appear that he'll be back in the mix anytime in the near future. The Clippers will likely handle his status on a game-by-game basis, though there's a decent chance they'll be doing so for gamesmanship purposes. Expect Terance Mann and Reggie Jackson to again pick up increased offensive responsibilities with Leonard out.
06/21/2021, 9:49 PM
Status uncertain for Game 2
Morris dealt with some knee issues in Sunday's Game 1 loss and was limited to just 21 minutes as a result. He's receiving constant treatment ahead of Game 2 and is pushing hard to play, but Nicolas Batum and Patrick Patterson could see increased run if the 31-year-old is unavailable Tuesday.
06/21/2021, 1:41 AM
Plays 13 minutes off bench
Cousins played in the first two games of the Utah series but was a DNP-CD in Games 3 through 6 as the Clippers favored smaller lineups. Facing a new opponent in the West Finals, coach Ty Lue turned back to Cousins for a small role off the bench, and the veteran big man took full advantage of the opportunity, putting up 10 shots and getting to the line three times in his 13 minutes. Given his defensive limitations, it remains to be seen if Cousins will remain in the rotation, but Lue and the Clippers may need the former-All-Star's offensive contributions to help offset the ongoing absence of Kawhi Leonard (knee).