The LA Clippers’ two-time NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, can be again in road garments tonight in opposition to the Golden State Warriors. Leonard rolled his proper ankle in opposition to the Utah Jazz final Monday and can sit out the Clippers’ subsequent recreation.
Together with tonight’s encounter, Leonard has now missed 14 of the Clippers’ 18 video games this season. “The Claw” performed solely 23 minutes versus the Jazz, however nonetheless someway injured himself. He completed with eight factors, one rebound and 5 assists within the Clippers’ third straight win.
Earlier than taking part in within the final three video games, Kawhi Leonard missed the earlier 12 on account of lingering knee ache. The crew didn’t wish to put extra stress on that problematic knee by permitting Leonard to play with a proper sprained ankle. They’ve been extraordinarily cautious with the two-time NBA champ and can proceed to take action regardless of Leonard telling the media he was high-quality.
Kawhi Leonard is averaging 10.0 factors, 4.0 rebounds and three.4 assists in restricted minutes. Norman Powell, Nic Batum and Robert Covington are anticipated to see extra minutes as each Leonard and Paul George can be out.
In the meantime, the Boston Celtics’ All-NBA ahead, Jayson Tatum may miss his first recreation of the season. He’s formally listed as questionable on account of a left ankle sprain in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks. JT suffered the harm within the Celtics’ loss to the Chicago Bulls that snapped their nine-game profitable run.
Tatum performed 36 minutes in that recreation and completed with a team-high 28 factors, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Boston, even with out Robert Williams, has been taking part in nice basketball due to Tatum’s play on each ends of the ground.
He leads the Celtics in scoring with 30.2 factors to go along with 7.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists. If the three-time NBA All-Star sits tonight, Malcolm Brogdon or Derrick White may take Tatum’s spot within the beginning lineup.
Bam Adebayo: Left knee contusion; Injured since November 15, 2022
The injury-riddled Miami Warmth want to finish a four-game droop in opposition to the Washington Wizards tonight. Miami’s job may show to be much more tough as Bam Adebayo has been listed as possible. Adebayo has been coping with a left knee contusion for over every week. He beforehand missed two video games for a similar cause.
Though he’s anticipated to play, the Warmth coaching workers will fastidiously verify Adebayo through the morning shootaround and observe earlier than he is formally accessible. Backup massive man Omer Yurtseven has been dominated out whereas Dewayne Dedmon is questionable.
The Warmth’s decimated frontline might push them to let Adebayo play as they’re additionally with out a number of key gamers. Miami will already be with out Jimmy Butler, Victor Oladipo, Duncan Robinson and Omer Yurtseven.
Scottie Barnes: Proper knee sprain; Injured since November 19, 2022
The Toronto Raptors had three days off earlier than tonight’s matchup in opposition to the Brooklyn Nets. Regardless of the lengthy break, they nonetheless have Scottie Barnes listed as questionable. The reigning NBA Rookie of the Yr performed 46 minutes within the Raptors’ loss in time beyond regulation to the Atlanta Hawks.
Barnes limped within the fourth quarter however finally completed the sport. He scored a season-high 28 factors to go along with 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Toronto’s medical workers didn’t enable him to observe on Tuesday, which can make his availability tonight unsure.
The Raptors can even be with out Pascal Siakam, Treasured Achiuwa and Otto Porter Jr., which can go away their frontline skinny. Juancho Hernangomez, Thaddeus Younger and Christian Koloko are anticipated to play extra minutes.
Barnes doesn’t have a particular timetable for his return to NBA motion.