It just doesn’t end this season with the injuries and Covid-19 problems. We’ve seen Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid and more play hurt in these playoffs, and another two stars have been added to that list.
Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of Game 5 between the LA Clippers and Utah Jazz, and could potentially miss the rest of series. That puts the Clippers in a precarious position, because while Paul George has seen a resurgence in the last couple of games, his formation of a potent one-two punch with Leonard is what’s won them both games. Without one of their stars, the Clippers may have a lot of trouble winning two games in Utah.
The news is just as dire for the Phoenix Suns, as Chris Paul has also been put into health and safety protocols, and could potentially be sidelined for 10 days. A prolonged series may be the better hope for the Suns at the moment, to burn up some of those days. There’s also the silver lining that a vaccinated player could look at less time off.
It’s been a tough postseason for some of the NBA’s biggest stars, and this latest hiccup isn’t doing the game of basketball any good. Let’s hope there’s no major damage to Leonard’s knee, and that Paul doesn’t see himself sidelined for long.