Clipper Leonard out of Game 6 against Utah

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard is officially out of Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz.

And with coach Tyronn Lue not providing any update on whether the star’s exclusion could be longer, there are doubts over the seriousness of his injury.

Leonard sprained his right knee Monday night in a Game 4 win. He travelled with the Clippers to Salt Lake City, Lue said, then returned to Los Angeles for further testing.

A sprain, by definition is a ligament injury, but the Clippers have not said which of the four knee ligaments he injured.

Despite missing Leonard, LA took a 3-2 series lead on Wednesday night with a 119-111 victory behind 37 points from Paul George. The Clippers are 12-9 without their All-Star forward this season, including 1-0 in the playoffs.

Leonard – a two-time NBA Finals MVP – is averaging 30.4 points in the playoffs.

The Clippers will be looking to close out the series and advance to the conference finals for the first time in the franchise’s 51-year history with a win.

Joe Ingles’ Jazz need a victory on Friday to send it back to Salt Lake City for Game 7 on Sunday. The winner faces the Phoenix Suns.

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