The environment prior to Phoenix
Suns vs. The
Clippers it’s already hot. The series is expected to be exciting but, unfortunately, we will not be able to enjoy two of the best players in the tie. Neither Chris Paul nor Kawhi Leonard will be here tonight for the first meeting.
Both teams confirmed the respective losses of their players. Phoenix announced that Chris Paul remains on COVID-19 protocols and league health, after the point guard offered a positive result just under a week ago.
In case of Leonard is more worrying. The forward of the Los Angeles team suffered a knee injury in the fifth game of the series against Utah and did not play the last two games with his team.
The initial complaints pointed to a possible knee sprain but the latest information made one fear the worst. Clippers believe their anterior cruciate ligament may be damaged, so they are progressing with caution.
Either way, Leonard has not traveled with the team to Phoenix and will continue to work on his recovery with the team, while waiting for the series to return to Los Angeles. Despite not having an exact diagnosis, it would be a surprise if Kawhi could play this tie.