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Clippers' Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both opposed the Cavaliers – Orange County Register

Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both opposed the Cavaliers – Orange County Register

Los Angeles — When Kawhi Leonard joined Paul George on the shelves, the Clippers star wattage went down significantly on Sunday night.

Leonard was on the sidelines with a bruise on his left thigh. Paul George, classified as bone edema of his right toe, missed five consecutive games.

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know when Leonard’s injury happened, what his prognosis was, or what George was. George made some shots before the match on Sunday.

“I’m not sure, but it happened on this road trip,” Lou said of Leonard’s bruise and just knew he couldn’t play on Sunday. “I’m not sure when that happened or when he will come back.

“In all the news with Kawai, I hadn’t had a chance to talk to Paul yet,” Lou added. “But as soon as I’m done, I can talk to (basketball operations president) Lawrence (Frank). That’s it.”

The two starring wings average 51.1 points between them, 44% of the team’s score.

And in the last four games without George, Leonard increased his aggressive output, averaging 29.3 points and shooting 51.2% off the field.

“We can’t make up for the points we’re missing alone,” Lou said before the Clippers countered Cleveland at Staples Center. “But we want to play hard. We want to compete and keep playing the right way.”

Lou Williams will join the starting unit and play with Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverley, Nicolas Batum and Serge Ibaka, Lou said.

Lou said Williams (usually the Clippers’ major Sixth Man) made the first start of the season, “creating more points, creating pace, going downhill and creating play for the other guys. I want to be able to do it. ”

The Clippers are 1-1 so far when they had to play without both Leonard and George. They are currently ranked 3rd and 5th among Western Conference voters in All-Star Game fan polls. LA split the first two games of the recent six-game road trip when the stars were out according to the NBA’s coronavirus health and safety protocol.

“In Miami, we were looking for different lineups to find out that the guys on the energy and bench came in and did a great job for us,” Lou said. .. 28.