Nov 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks on from the bench during the game against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers were undermanned much of the 2021-22 season but still managed to make the play-in tournament despite some major injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for much of the year.

It was evident that they were not at full strength, and they ultimately lost a pair of play-in games to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans to miss out on the playoffs.

Leonard was rumored to possibly come back this past season for the playoffs, but he and the team felt it would be best to err on the side of caution and wait until next year for a return.

They will look to bounce back next season with the impending return of Leonard, who should certainly play a big factor for the team next season.

There are still some big question marks surrounding the two-time NBA champion moving forward.

At his best, he is one of the best players in all of basketball, but he hasn’t played in an NBA game since tearing his ACL last June.

A workout video from Leonard has gone viral on social media on Friday, where he looked to be at practice at nearly full speed, which is a great sign for Clippers fans.

This video has Clippers fans eager to see him return for the team next year.

If Leonard returns to full strength next season, there is certainly no reason that the Clippers can’t be back atop the Western Conference standings in the 2022-23 season.

[Tomer Azarly]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.