Kawhi Leonard returns to Clippers after 12 games away due to ACL rehab, makes first start of season


Kawhi Leonard is again with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 2-time Finals MVP will play the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, his first look in 12 video games after lacking greater than three weeks with issues together with his recovering knee, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue stated. instructed reporters🇧🇷

Leonard missed all of final season after tearing his ACL within the 2021 playoffs, then got here off the bench in two of the season’s first three video games. He’ll begin Thursday, nonetheless, making his first beginning look for the Clippers since his preliminary harm.

Leonard’s launch put the Clippers in a well-known scenario: treading water whereas ready to get wholesome. All of final season was spent ready for Leonard and Paul George to get wholesome, and the previous clearly by no means occurred.

The Clippers are at present 8-7, ninth within the Western Convention, and are hoping Leonard’s return means one of many deepest groups within the NBA can lastly hearth on all cylinders.

Is Kawhi Leonard lastly wholesome? Is it the Clippers? (AP Picture/Raul Romero Jr.)