PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard he will miss his third straight game when the LA Clippers play the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
The Clippers, who have lost three in a row, ruled out Leonard due to handling a right knee injury.
Leonard was unable to play Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder after experiencing stiffness in his surgically repaired right knee during morning practice. He flew back to Los Angeles on Wednesday for more knee treatment and missed Game 2 against Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Sunday’s game is the first of two straight for the Clippers, who play the Houston Rockets on Monday. Leonard acknowledged at the start of the season that he probably wouldn’t play both games in a row as he continues to add to his minutes this season.
Leonard will sit out for the fourth time in the Clippers’ first six games as he returns from missing all of last season with a torn right ACL suffered in Game 4 of the second round of the playoffs against Utah on June 14, 2021. . .
Head coach Ty Lue said the veteran is expected to Marcus Morris Sr.. return to action on Sunday after missing the last two games due to personal reasons.
Also, small forward for the Pelicans, Zion Williamsoncould be inching closer to a comeback after missing two games due to a nasty crash he suffered the previous Sunday.
Williamson (right rear hip/lower back contusion) did not play against the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns this week and will again appear questionable for Sunday afternoon’s game with the Clippers.
Williamson told ESPN he is feeling great and a final decision on whether he will play will be made on Sunday.
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Kawhi out for Clippers vs. Pelicans; Zion in doubt