After Leonard missed the entire 2021-22 campaign to rehabilitate his reconstructed right anterior cruciate ligament, Los Angeles is working to get the 31-year-old back into action by taking him off the bench and placing him under strict minutes limits to open the year. According to the new developments, Leonard won’t be a good fit for every game either.
Leonard had 21 minutes of action on Opening Night, scoring 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting to help the Clippers to a six-point victory over the Lakers. After the game, Leonard gave some indication that there will be scheduled absences throughout his return to form, so don’t get too upset when he’s ruled inactive for a Clippers game.
What’s next for Leonard? Here’s what we know about his injury and when he’ll be back on the floor for the Clippers.
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What is Kawhi Leonard’s injury?
On June 14, 2021, Leonard was knocked out of Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals with a knee injury that partially torn his anterior cruciate ligament. Weeks later, Leonard underwent successful surgery to repair the injury.
After sitting out the 2021-22 season, Leonard returned to Earth for the first time in 476 days when he played in the Clippers’ preseason game against the Trail Blazers.
Prior to Los Angeles’ opening meeting with the Lakers, reports emerged that Leonard would come off the bench to limit his rotation minutes and manage his injury recovery.
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How long will Kawhi Leonard be out?
After missing the last 12 Clippers games, Kawhi Leonard will officially return to the lineup for Thursday’s home game against the Detroit Pistons.
Leonard, who has only come off the bench in two games this season, will return to the starting lineup.
And Kawhi starts tonight against the Pistons https://t.co/ZLM64O1P5J
– Ohm Youngmisuk (NotoriousOHM) November 18, 2022
Clippers schedule 2022-23
Starting with the encounters against the Kings and Suns on Oct. 22-23, the Clippers have 15 consecutive streaks in the 2022-23 season, seven of which come before the calendar flips to 2023.
With eight consecutive players appearing after January, Los Angeles could adopt a different approach by the end of the season.
|Date||Discount||time (Eastern time)||TV channel (USA)|
|November 17th||against the Pistons||10:30 pm||–|
|November 19th||against Tottenham||10:30 pm||–|
|November 21||versus jazz.||10:30 pm||–|
|November 23||in warriors||10 pm||ESPN|
|November 25th||vs. Nuggets||10:30 pm||NBA TV|
|November 27th||vs Pacers||10 pm||–|
|November 29||in Blazers||10 pm||TNT|
|November 30th||in Jazz||21:00||–|
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Kawhi Leonard Career Stats, Highlights
- 19.2 points per game
- 6.4 rebounds per game
- 2.9 assists per game
- 1.8 steals per game
- 31.3 minutes per game
- 49.3% goaltending
- 38.4 percent 3-point field goals