Kawhi Leonard ‘progressing well’ but no return deadline

LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard has been taking part in individual workouts, but there’s “really no time frame” for the LA Clippers star’s return just yet.

Leonard missed his seventh straight game with a right knee injury Sunday night when the Clippers took on the Utah Jazz. The former two-time NBA Finals MVP is also expected to miss Monday’s game against Cleveland, and his return to the field remains uncertain.

“There’s really no timetable for him to come back,” head coach Ty Lue said when asked if Leonard’s status is considered more week-to-week than day-to-day. to the other. “The biggest issue is just the tests he has to go through with the doctor and the slow progress of his improvement every day. And so we’re taking it day by day at the moment, not really a timeline.”

Leonard has played in two of the Clippers’ first three games this season and has logged 21 minutes in each game off the bench. But Leonard felt stiffness in his surgically repaired right knee during a morning shootout before the Clippers game at Oklahoma City on Oct. 25.

Leonard tore his right ACL in Game 4 of the second round against Utah on June 14, 2021 and sat out all of last season to treat the injury.

“He’s progressing well,” Lue said. “We knew that coming out of an ACL it was not going to be a straight line. We talked about it before the season. The most important thing is that he progresses well. We will follow the example of our medical staff, we have to be smart about the situation, but it is progressing.

“…He’s in a good position, he’s progressing and he’s improving so that’s the most important thing.”

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