Kawhi Leonard Injury Update: When Will Clippers Star Return?

Written By Matt Burke on June 30, 2021

The LA Clippers are running out of chances in their Western Conference Finals series with the Suns. The Clippers are to win the series and the Western Conference at the moment as they are down 3-2 and are still without Kawhi Leonard. Those odds will obviously be impacted greatly as soon as we get an answer as to “when will Kawhi Leonard be back?”

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When will Kawhi Leonard be back?

Chris Paul returned for the Suns in Game 3, but Leonard remains out. He did not play in Game 5 Monday and will not play in Game 6 Wednesday.

There was hope that Leonard would be able to play in the series at some point but that is becoming less and less likely with each passing game. That said, there have been no definite reports about the Clippers star being done for the postseason. The NBA’s official injury report called Leonard’s injury a “right knee sprain.”

According to Healthline.com, Grade 1 and Grade 2 knee sprains typically heal within two to four weeks. Here is the timetable from when Leonard suffered the injury on Monday, June 14 in Game 4 of LA’s series against the Jazz to when he could potentially return.

  • Friday, July 2: Game 7 at Suns – 2 weeks, 4 days

Of course, every injury is different. Every player is different. And every situation is different.

Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is the most notable NBA player in recent memory that has suffered knee sprains in the postseason. In April of 2016, Curry sustained a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee in the quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets. Curry missed just three games in the Warriors relatively easy second round series win over the Trail Blazers that postseason, but he was out 16 actual days. With Golden State coasting through the early rounds of that postseason, the urgency level was not even close to what Leonard and the Clippers are experiencing at the moment.

What this will likely come down to is the long-term risk vs. short-term reward game – something that Leonard himself has dealt with going back to his San Antonio days.

Clippers odds

On Monday, June 21 – a week after Leonard suffered the injury and one day after LA dropped Game 1 of their series against the Suns, the Clippers were +700 to win the NBA title at DraftKings Sportsbook. They were +290 to win the series over Phoenix.

Here are the best Clippers prices at the moment.

Kawhi Leonard odds

Kawhi Leonard would surely be one of the favorites to win NBA Finals MVP at this stage of things if he were healthy. As of June 21 at DraftKings Sportsbook, Leonard was not on the board. His teammate, Paul George was +750. George had the third lowest odds as only Giannis Antetokounmpo (+110), Devin Booker (+300) and Chris Paul (+500) had a shorter number.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at TheLines.com. He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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