San Diego State alum Kawhi Leonard suffered a possibly serious knee injury that will force him off the court “indefinitely” for the Los Angeles Clippers.
That means he’s out for Game 5 of the Clippers’ Western Conference semifinal against the Utah Jazz Wednesday. The series is tied 2-2.
According to NBA.com, the Clippers listed Leonard Wednesday as unavailable indefinitely in a league injury report.
The Athletic reported that the team “fears” Leonard hurt his ACL.
NBA.com described the injury, which appeared to happen in Monday’s Game 4 with about five minutes to play:
Leonard was dribbling into the lane when he was bumped, and his right knee appeared to buckle slightly. He grimaced in some discomfort, missed the two free throws that were awarded following the foul, but remained in the game for 45 more seconds. He checked out with 4:35 remaining and did not return.
Leonard is playing his second season in Los Angeles after winning championships in San Antonio and Toronto – and being named MVP in both finals.
He’s averaging 30.4 points during the 2021 playoffs. On Tuesday, he also was named to the first-team All-NBA squad.
Leonard played in 70 games for San Diego State from 2009-11. The Aztecs retired his number in 2020.