Kawhi Leonard ruled out of Game 3 of Suns-Clippers series due to Right Knee Sprain

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard has been reportedly ruled out of Game 3 of the team's first-round series versus the Phoenix Suns Thursday night due to a right knee sprain.

Leonard aggravated his knee in the Clippers' 115-110 Game 1 win Phoenix, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and played through the injury in Game 2, a 123-109 victory for the Suns. Wojnarowski reported Leonard is expected to be day-to-day ahead of Game 4 Saturday.

Leonard's injury is on the same knee he had surgically repaired for a partially torn ACL in July 2021. He may have suffered the injury on this play below.

Leonard had a valiant effort in the Clippers' Game 2 loss with 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting with eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Leonard led Los Angeles to a Game 1 win with 38 points, including two 3-pointers that stretched his team's lead to two possessions on separate occasions in the last three minutes, five rebounds and five assists. He made 13-of-24 shots that game.

Leonard's absence will significantly affect the Clippers' chances to win Game 3 of this series. Los Angeles is also without their second-best player, Paul George, who has a right knee sprain.

George is not expected to return for this first-round series, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Game 3 between the Suns and Clippers will tip off at 7:30 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by NBA TV and Bally Sports Arizona for local fans.

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