Clippers give rare update on Kawhi Leonard’s ACL injury
The LA Clippers have rarely spoken about Kawhi Leonard’s ACL injury throughout the season. When the season started, sources told AllClippers that Leonard was ahead of schedule for his rehab. In January, Chris Haynes confirmed this report also stating that Leonard was ahead of schedule and that a return to play was a “strong possibility”. Nicolas Batum then clarified it further, saying he hopes Kawhi Leonard and Paul George return in early March.
When Ty Lue spoke after the game after the Clippers defeated the Lakers, he gave a somewhat bleaker outlook.
“We know Kawhi probably won’t be back, we don’t know the PG status,” Ty Lue said. “These guys keep fighting every night.” Attached is the full video of Lue’s comments.
As the press conference continued, Ty Lue clarified his comments later in the conference.
“Yeah, I don’t know,” Ty Lue said. “I’m not a doctor. But hope is stronger than fear. So I hope every night that these two guys can come back, but you never know. That’s all I have to say, good night.”
From the way the press conference went, it looked like Ty Lue may have accidentally revealed details about Kawhi, or he really didn’t really know and clarified later. Either way, it was either “probably won’t be back” or “I don’t know”, which isn’t quite a positive tone.
Even though the Clippers have been without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for most of the season, they have managed to maintain a 27-27 record and are 2.5 games behind the 6th seed.
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