Amen Thompson Oct 10, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detailed view of a NBA Wilson basketball on the court of Ball Arena during the game between the Phoenix Suns against the Denver Nuggets. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers fans got some bad news as Kawhi Leonard was ruled out for Thursday night’s Game 3 against the Phoenix Suns. As reported by ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, with additional info by Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard has a right knee sprain. While it’s not related to Leonard’s past ACL injury, he aggravated the injury in Game 1, and after playing Game 2, he’ll be “day-to-day” for Game 4.

The No. 4 seed Suns and the No. 5 seed Clippers split the first two games of their first-round playoff series. After the Clippers squeaked out a five-point win, the Suns won Game 2 by double digits, despite Leonard’s 31-point performance.

Many took notice of the Clippers’ star player missing such a pivotal game.

The silver lining is that, at the moment, Leonard is just out for Game 3. It’s not ideal, but it’s not catastrophic. That said, this gives the Suns a monumental opportunity to capitalize and go out to a 2-1 lead while they’re in Los Angeles.

If the Suns win Game 3, the Clippers will hope to have Leonard back for Game 4 and catch up. If the Clippers pull off the win in Game 3, they’ll not only hope to have Leonard back after a few days rest, they’ll have the momentum going into the final few games.

[Adrian Wojnarowski/Ohm Youngmisuk]

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