Kawhi Leonard might not be able to help the Los Angeles Clippers on the court for the remainder of the postseason, but the two-time NBA Finals MVP is doing everything he can to have an impact.
Clippers head coach Ty Lue told reporters on Sunday that Leonard has been “very involved” with the team despite being sidelined with a knee injury. Lue said Leonard even helped L.A.’s coaching staff with adjustments during Game 6 against the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Kawhi has been "very involved" despite his absence, Ty Lue said. He said Kawhi even entered the coaches' locker room in Game 6 vs. Utah to discuss adjustments.
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The Clippers have yet to reveal the exact extent of Leonard’s knee injury, but it does not sound good. Kawhi is going to remain home in L.A. to rehab rather than traveling with the Clippers to Phoenix to face the Suns. That could be an indication that the team is not yet ready to write him off for the rest of the playoffs.
Even without Leonard, the Clippers pulled off an impressive comeback in Game 6 against the Jazz. They will have a tougher time against the Suns, but a lot will depend on how Paul George plays.