What happened to Kawhi Leonard?
In a shocking turn of events, the Los Angeles Clippers star, Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out from the Game 3 of the first-round series against the Phoenix Suns due to a knee sprain. The announcement was made hours before the game on Thursday afternoon, leaving the Clippers at a disadvantage against the Phoenix Suns.
What does it mean for the Clippers chances?
Kawhi Leonard has been instrumental for the Clippers this playoffs season, averaging 30 points per game. His absence in the pivotal Game 3 of the series could prove to be detrimental to the Clippers’ chances of advancing ahead in the tournament. After winning Game 2 in dramatic fashion, the Clippers were hoping to carry forward the momentum into Game 3, but Kawhi’s absence could lead to a tough challenge for the team.
What are the expectations for the remainder of the series?
Kawhi Leonard’s absence not only puts the Clippers at a disadvantage but also puts the pressure on other players to step up their game. Paul George, who has been averaging 23 points per game, would have to lead from the front in Kawhi’s absence. As for the Suns, they would look to capitalize on the Clippers’ absence and win Game 3 to gain a significant advantage in the series before heading into Game 4.
The question now stands, can the Clippers overcome this setback and continue their playoff journey, or would the Phoenix Suns seize the opportunity to take an early lead in the series and proceed to the next round?