LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard is not going to play a regular-season sport in Los Angeles this season because the Toronto Raptors dominated the ahead out tonight with a hip damage in opposition to the LA Clippers.
Leonard participated within the morning shootaround however the Raptors opted to preserve their star ahead out.
“He harm his hip towards the tip of the final sport,” Toronto head coach Nick Nurse stated of the Raptors’ 104-99 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday. “[Leonard] did undergo shootaround right this moment [and] we had been hoping he would go the take a look at and go nevertheless it’s somewhat too sore and we’re going to maintain him out.”
The Raptors play at Golden State on Wednesday and Nurse stated Leonard’s standing might be “up within the air nonetheless” for that sport in opposition to the defending champs.
“I imply if his hip’s good, he’ll go,” Nurse stated. “Nothing aside from attempting to get his hip prepared proper now that he only recently dinged somewhat bit.”
The Raptors have performed with out Leonard of their solely two visits to Staples Heart this common season. Leonard didn’t play throughout Toronto’s 121-107 win over the Lakers on Nov. four due to a jammed foot.
The pending unrestricted free agent is from Southern California and each the Lakers and Clippers might be inquisitive about Leonard in free company subsequent summer season. League sources advised ESPN’s Tim Bontemps that the Clippers are anticipated to be Toronto’s greatest challenger to retaining Leonard north of the border.
The Clippers have not been shy about their pursuit of Leonard this season. A number of high-ranking entrance workplace executives have attended a number of of Toronto’s video games in individual this season to scout Leonard, together with Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank, who was in Toronto for the Raptors’ loss to the Denver Nuggets final week.
Just like the Lakers, the Clippers is not going to get to see Leonard play in Staples this common season.
“You simply are reminded how good he’s, actually,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers stated about what he has seen from Leonard this season. “It is wonderful. All of us do it, a man misses a 12 months, and also you form of neglect, , and you then see him, after about 10 video games, you’re reminded, oh my goodness, this man is de facto good. That’s what you see and he is an awesome participant.”
Together with Tuesday, Leonard has now missed seven video games this season. Nevertheless, Nurse says Leonard is sort of over the quad damage that stored him out of all however 9 video games final season.
“His well being, we’re nearly to the purpose the place this [current hip injury] is a separate little ding that [all] gamers have come and go all through the season,” Nurse stated. “From his historic well being standpoint, I feel we’re nearly executed with that. Proper? Not fairly. However we’re nearly there the place we’re simply taking part in.
“We’ve got ramped up the minutes, he is taking part in much more, there is not any like restrictions per quarter or per stint or per sport anymore,” Nurse continued. “We had been form of focusing on this back-to-back as a [possibility] that he would play each so we’re getting nearer on that. There may be nonetheless rather a lot to be taught so far as simply chemistry and us jiving with him and him studying our guys and us figuring out precisely how we’re doing a little issues. But it surely appears to be like fairly good to me and his protection is fairly good.”