Sport NBA playoffs 2021: Kawhi Leonard to miss sixth straight game as Clippers look to level series

06:28  26 june  2021
06:28  26 june  2021 Source:   goal.com

NBA playoffs 2021: Clippers have a lot of fight left, says Kawhi Leonard

  NBA playoffs 2021: Clippers have a lot of fight left, says Kawhi Leonard The Clippers trail the top-seeded Jazz 2-0 after back-to-back defeats in Utah, but Kawhi Leonard is confident they can turn things around.The top-seeded Jazz took a two-game lead on Thursday with a 117-111 victory, Donovan Mitchell racking up 37 points to inspire Utah to triumph.

Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will miss his sixth consecutive game after being ruled out of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

a close up of a man: Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard © National Basketball Association Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard

Leonard has endured an injury-hit NBA playoff campaign, having not played since suffering a sprained right knee in Game 4 of the Conference semi-finals against the Utah Jazz.

The Clippers will again be without Leonard when they host the second-seeded Phoenix Suns on Saturday, looking to level the matchup at 2-2.

In this season's playoffs, two-time NBA champion Leonard has been averaging 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the fourth-seeded Clippers.

NBA playoffs 2021: We're a different team – Clippers coach Lue hails decisive George

  NBA playoffs 2021: We're a different team – Clippers coach Lue hails decisive George A firing Paul George turns the Los Angeles Clippers into "a different team", according to Tyronn Lue, whose side defeated the Utah Jazz.Having lost the opening two games in Utah – with George, the subject of vitriol from the Jazz supporters, struggling to find his best form, although he did score 27 points in Game 2 – the Clippers struck back on their home court on Saturday in a 132-106 victory.

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The Clippers trail the Suns 2-1 in the series following Thursday's 106-92 win at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Paul George led the way with 27 points and 15 rebounds as the Clippers celebrated their first ever victory in the Western Conference Finals.

Entering the contest following back-to-back games on the road, George had scored at least 20 points in all 15 games this postseason.

The latest performance saw George eclipse LeBron James' run of 15 consecutive games (in 2016) with 20-plus points in the playoffs – Kevin Durant is the only other active player to achieve the feat in the postseason (20 straight in 2012 and 21 in a row in 2018).

NBA: After outraster: Beverley apologizes .
Patrick Beverley apologized for his outrode shortly before the end of Game 6 in the West Finals against the Phoenix Suns. The Clippers Guard had pushed Chris Paul from behind and was referenced to the field. © Provided by Spox Patrick Beverley apologized to his outroad in Game 6 against Chris Paul. "CP3, my emotions overwhelmed me last night," Beverley wrote on Twitter. "My mistake, that should not be directed against you. Congratulations on achieving the finals. Good luck." More at SPOX SUNS @

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