Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says no update on Kawhi Leonard's sprained knee.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Paul George said while it is a blow not having Kawhi, George tried to look at it from a positive for Kawhi, saying that Kawhi might be able to get some rest, Clips hopefully can keep things afloat until he returns and "he has a new baby boy, a lot of love for him and his family."
Mirjam Swanson: Ty says Kawhi is a "little down" because he wanted to be there for his guys ... adds that there's no potential return, waiting for testing and "go from there."
Law Murray: Tyronn Lue says that Kawhi Leonard traveled with the team, then flew back to Los Angeles.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Told that people are counting the Clippers out now with Kawhi Leonard out, Ty Lue said, "I've been counted out my whole life... not really worried about the chatter. We were counted out in the first series as well."
Mark Medina: Clippers coach Ty Lue said team "is being optimistic" about Kawhi Leonard's right knee injury
Mirjam Swanson: Tyronn Lue on Kawhi's injury, team vibe: "Just know he has a right knee sprain -- being optimistic about the situation. We understand it's part of the game, it's tough that it happened -- all season long, we've been having a next-man-up-mentality."
Mirjam Swanson: Quin Snyder on playing a Kawhi-less Clips: "Obviously sympathies, wish him a speedy recover. ... the personal component always trumps that (competitive component)."
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Clippers adjusting without Kawhi: "No one in the world isolates at the nail better than he does. … But teams respond. And they'll respond. Everybody playing at this time of year understands there's a next-man-up mentality."
Andrew Greif: With the Clippers preparing for Game 5 in Utah tonight, was told that Kawhi Leonard remains in Los Angeles while nursing his injured right knee.
Andrew Greif: Mike Conley on Kawhi: "First off that's not news you want to hear at any point. ... You feel for anyone with an injury. ... It'll be a tough situation for them."
Shams Charania: Clippers fear All-NBA star Kawhi Leonard has suffered an ACL injury, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . He is out indefinitely.
While the Clippers won their second straight game in blowout fashion to give them all the momentum, Tyronn Lue's team heads to Utah with some concern over Leonard's health. The Clippers' franchise player came up gimpy after driving to the basket while being fouled by Joe Ingles with 5:25 left in the game. Leonard leaned over before briefly grabbing his right knee. Leonard left the contest with 4:35 remaining and did not return. "I'm good," Leonard would only say when asked about his knee. "Next question." Lue believes Leonard will be fine for Wednesday's pivotal Game 5 in Salt Lake City. "Yeah, I think so," Lue said. "We'll know more after the game, but yeah, I think everybody is pretty good."
Mirjam Swanson: Kawhi says: "I feel good. I'll be ready to go."
In his first game back after missing the previous five games due to right foot soreness, Leonard had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes in the LA Clippers' 110-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. "I'm feeling good," Leonard said in his first comments since April 9. "We took the proper steps to get me right, to make sure nothing significant is wrong with me ... so hopefully we can just keep moving up from here."
When asked if he will have to play through this foot injury for the remainder of the season, Leonard said the issue is not something that just developed after the last time he played against Minnesota on April 18. "Yeah, I mean, I've been doing it," Leonard said. "It's not something that just occurred after the last game. But I'll be all right. I've been through situations like this before."
Andrew Greif: Will Kawhi Leonard play tomorrow against Denver? "Hope so," Ty Lue said. The team will see how he looks and moves today.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kawhi Leonard will play today against Minnesota.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says the team is leaning toward the cautious side with holding Kawhi Leonard out due to a foot issue. Leonard will sit out his third straight game tonight and is considered day-to-day by Lue.
Mirjam Swanson: Clippers will be without Kawhi tomorrow in Indy, he's OUT with a sore right foot. Serge (back) and Pat Bev (hand) also are out, of course. Everyone else is available.
Andrew Greif: Kawhi Leonard is questionable to play vs. Washington, Clippers say, because of back spasms that sidelined him vs. Boston. Marcus Morris (concussion) is doubtful. Patrick Patterson (personal reasons) is out.
Mirjam Swanson: Tyronn Lue on the Clippers' absent trio, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley: "They're doing better." On Pat: "Just being cautious and holding him out of back to backs."
Kristina Pink: Clippers Injury Report tonight vs Miami: Paul George (Bone Edema Right Toe), Kawhi Leonard (Left Lower Leg Contusion), and Patrick Beverley (Rest-Healthy) are all OUT.
Jamie Hudson: Clippers Injury Report: Kawhi Leonard (mouth; laceration) is questionable; Marcus Morris Sr. (right knee; soreness) is out vs. Blazers tonight
A bloodied Kawhi Leonard was forced from the LA Clippers' game at the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter Friday night after a collision with a teammate left him needing eight stitches to treat a mouth laceration. Serge Ibaka was going up for a defensive rebound when his elbow collided with Leonard's face, immediately sending the All-Star forward to the floor. Leonard bled profusely from his mouth as he was treated on the court, before being helped back to the locker room with 6:07 left in the game.
"Really worried," George said. "I was thinking of the worst. I didn't know if he was concussed or how hard of a hit [it was] or what actually happened, because I didn't see it. I just saw him laying on the ground. That was first and foremost, just making sure he was OK."
For the second straight media availability, head coach Doc Rivers was non-committal when asked about Leonard’s health status and the team’s plan with his injury management. “I don’t know that yet,” Rivers said of Leonard’s limitations with minutes and back-to-backs. “But no limits. Kawhi is healthy, for the most part. That still doesn’t mean that we don’t want to maintain him and get him through the first eight games and get ready for the playoffs. We want to be smart about this. Not just for Kawhi. It’s with everybody. “But having everybody healthy was more about training camp. I mean, we really did not have a great training camp because we didn’t have enough bodies and enough of our key guys practicing. We have a virtually new team so we needed our new guys to be on the floor, and we didn’t have that ability to do that. This time, for the most part, we’ll have everybody in.”
But Leonard has become the inadvertent poster boy for load management, and any mystery regarding his status only fuels speculation. For now, the specifics of his health remain a mystery — remember, Rivers qualified Leonard’s health with “for the most part,” which leaves room for interpretation — and this storyline isn’t going away until games resume and there is a greater sense of where he’s at physically.
Andrew Greif: The Clippers say Kawhi Leonard is questionable to play tomorrow vs. Minnesota with lower back tightness. Also, Derrick Walton Jr. is questionable with an elbow contusion.
After missing the previous three games, LA Clippers All-Star Kawhi Leonard is planning to play in his first game with Paul George against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, league sources told ESPN.
Andrew Greif: Kawhi Leonard remains listed as questionable to play Wednesday against Boston. He's missed the last three games with a left knee contusion.
Andrew Greif: Doc Rivers said Kawhi Leonard was “close” to playing tonight but instead he’ll miss a third consecutive game after knocking knees vs. Houston.
Shams Charania: Evaluations on Clippers star Kawhi Leonard did not show any further seriousness to left knee contusion, and he is day-to-day in return, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ramona Shelburne: Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN. Leonard hasn’t played since suffering a left knee contusion in the second half of the Clippers loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Mark Medina: Clippers listing Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley as questionable for tomorrow vs OKC. FWIW, Doc Rivers said that Kawhi “most definitely” will play tomorrow but we’ll see
Ohm Youngmisuk: Doc Rivers described Kawhi Leonard’s left knee contusion as more of a day-to-day thing and he didn’t sound concerned about it being more than that.
Mark Medina: Doc Rivers sarcastically said, "I love getting fined" when asked for the $50K penalty. He also said he's "scared to answer" on if there should be a balance between giving the NBA transparency/respecting Kawhi's privacy
Adrian Wojnarowski: Here's a view of what happened: Kawhi Leonard is private. He doesn't want his injury information public. Only, it has to be public for the Clippers to escape league punishment on violating resting rules. Doc Rivers was trying to be supportive of Leonard. They'll take the fine.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rivers said: “He feels great. But he feels great because of what we’ve been doing. We’re just going to continue to do it. There’s no concern here. But we want to make sure. I think Kawhi made a statement that he’s never felt better. It’s our job to make sure he stays that way..."
Andrew Greif: “There’s no concern” over Kawhi’s health, Doc Rivers says. He said Kawhi feels good, and the team wants to keep it that way.
Adrian Wojnarowski: NBA spokesman Mike Bass on Kawhi Leonard: "Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league's resting policy, and, as such, is listed as managing a knee injury in the LA Clippers injury report. The league office, in consultation with the NBA's director of sports medicine, is comfortable with the team medical staff's determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Decisions on sitting games are made well in advance as part of Leonard's "load management" schedule. It is possible Leonard will play in back-to-back games for Clippers this season, but that isn't in plans for the near future.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Leonard is missing his second straight back-to-back game tonight vs. Bucks -- which happened to also be a national TV game. He sat back-to-back last week against Jazz on national TV. Clippers have worked closely with NBA, sharing required medical information on Leonard's knee.
Sources told The Athletic’s Sam Amick and me that Leonard’s knee issue stems from overcompensating for his injured right quad suffered last season, that cost him all but nine games and basically paved the way for his exit out of San Antonio to the Raptors. His right quad, actually, is fine, and the left knee is the reason you’ve seen him laboring at times.
Eric Koreen: Nurse on Kawhi: “I don’t think the leg issue is a big issue and I expect him to be better tomorrow."
Much has been made of Kawhi Leonard's occasional limp during Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. And yet, in a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon ahead of Game 5 at Fiserv Forum Thursday night, Raptors coach Nick Nurse maintained his star will be ready when the ball goes up. "He's feeling good," Nurse said. "No concerns at this point. He's good."
He’s injured. He has to be. For two games Kawhi Leonard has dragged around his right leg like there was a nail hammered into it. The Raptors won’t admit there’s a problem. Nick Nurse says he’s fine. Leonard’s face says different. In the third quarter of Toronto’s 120-102 Game 4 win, Leonard elevated for dunk, colliding with Giannis Antetokounmpo in mid-air, that right leg refusing to bend when it hit the floor. He winced, looking down at the leg. For the stoic Leonard, it was the equivalent of a scream.
“He’s playing through pain,” Danny Green said to a handful of reporters, long after Leonard left the locker room. “He can’t even celebrate baskets because of how painful it is. You dunk on a guy like Giannis and you are worried about your knee, it shows you that he’s fighting. We’re going to need him to fight through the rest of this series. We need two more.”
Leonard won’t cop to any injury, of course. In a Leonard-esque, two-minute post game media gaggle, Leonard said he felt good. “I can keep going, keep fighting,” Leonard said. “We have a chance to make history. There’s no excuses. You’re playing basketball. And we got a win tonight.”
Doug Smith: Raptors PR just says Kawhi Leonard is out tonight with a sore left knee. This is gonna be a gem of a game in Atlanta
Ryan Wolstat: Kawhi to us this morning 1/2: "I’m not hurt or anything like that ... I already played three times (the number) the games I played last year so you can’t just come out here and run your body into the ground ... "
Jason Anderson: I'm hearing @Kawhi Leonard (load management) might be held out again tonight when the @Toronto Raptors play the @Sacramento Kings. Leonard has missed the last two games. He was expected to return tonight but it's the first leg of a back-to-back with a big game against the Pacers tomorrow.
Mike Ganter: So no Kawhi Leonard tonight vs Pacers. Raptors have ruled him out. Lowry listed as questionable but still believe it’s a good bet he plays.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kyle Lowry will miss Toronto's game at Portland with thigh bruise -- Kawhi Leonard will play, per Raptors.
Tim Bontemps: The Raptors have listed Kawhi Leonard as questionable for tomorrow night's game in Portland. Leonard has missed the past two games with a bruised right hip.
July 31, 2021 | 3:05 am EDT Update
According to a former Western Conference executive, the Wizards highly value Caldwell-Pope but may be open to either Kuzma, Harrell or both rerouted to another team. Would that team be Sacramento?
Schroder will be competing with several other free agents at the same position, including Kyle Lowry, Lonzo Ball, Mike Conley, Spencer Dinwiddie and Paul (if he opts out of his final year). “He may get squeezed,” a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report.
Here’s what Wojnarowski reported on ESPN’s morning show ‘Get Up’: “Philadelphia is still asking for a lot. Teams are not willing to be strip-mined to trade for Ben Simmons. They’re going to continue to try and find a way, to see if there’s a deal here as free agency starts. You kind of get another cycle of deal-making here. But he’s four years left on his deal, they’re not going to just give him away in Philly. Whatever they get back for him, they’ve got to believe it continues to make them a championship contender. But they’d like to get a deal done before training camp.”
Eric Pincus: I had heard Caruso was a target of the Pacers, Hawks and Cavs – but the Pacers, I think, keep TJ (TBD) – and the Hawks just got Wright and the Cavs Rubio – so maybe the market for AC has shifted. If I’m Lakers, I don’t think twice about keeping him
Per NBA sources, the Lakers went into the offseason with a clear Plan A: unrealistic hopes of landing a Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal. Plan B was Chris Paul (but then the Phoenix Suns advanced to the NBA Finals) and Westbrook. Hield was always Plan C.
That pushed Hield to the forefront. But even as the possibility of a deal built around Kyle Kuzma and Harrell began to form, the Lakers kept the door open to a Westbrook deal. Westbrook asserted his voice into the conversation, and per an NBA source, the Wizards pivoted. Just like that, the pieces the Kings liked for Hield were no longer available.
De’Aaron Fox: He’s not apart of my team. He doesn’t work for me. He’s a parent and a fan talking just like y’all. So take whatever they say as fans having conversations like y’all do everyday.
Italy made it to the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games after storming back against Nigeria to secure the win, 80-71, at Saitama Super Arena on Saturday. Nicolo Melli and Achille Polonara put the finishing touches on a 14-0 sprint generating a 70-64 lead. The European side held on to secure the victory punching in the ticket for the next round. The team led by Meo Sacchetti will rank first in Group B if Germany beats Australia by a margin of 17 points or less later in Tokyo. It will be in second place in any other case. A helpful reminder, the three group winners and the best-placed second will be seeded for Sunday’s draw.