Clippers F Kawhi Leonard (knee) ruled out for Game 3

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers ruled out Kawhi Leonard for Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round series against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night due to a sprained right knee.

ESPN reported Leonard aggravated the injury in the Clippers’ Game 1 win and played through it in their Game 2 loss. The injury is unrelated to the ACL injury that forced him to miss the 2021-22 season, per ESPN.

He will be day-to-day heading into Saturday’s Game 4.

Leonard scored 38 points with five rebounds and five assists in 42 minutes in the series opener. He added 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in Game 2. In the series, he is shooting 60 percent from 3-point range.

The first two games of the series were played in Phoenix, with action shifting to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.

The Clippers’ other star, Paul George, isn’t expected to play in the first round as he rehabs his sprained right knee.

On the season, Leonard appeared in 52 games and averaged 23.8 points and 6.5 rebounds over 33.6 minutes per game. He is a two-time NBA champion, winning titles with the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors.

–Field Level Media

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