Lue says ‘not really timeframe’ on Leonard’s return amid ongoing knee stiffness – ST Sport Today
Kawhi Leonard remains unavailable to Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue said there was no timeframe for Kawhi Leonard’s return to play as he continues to struggle with a stiffness in his right knee that was corrected by surgery.
Leonard has only played twice this season and not since October 24, having missed all of last season following an ACL injury during the 2021 playoffs.
The two-time NBA Finals MVP missed his seventh straight game on Sunday as the Clippers face the Utah Jazz, with Lue offering an update before tip-off amid ongoing uncertainty about Leonard’s return.
“There’s really no time frame for when he’ll be back,” Lue told reporters.
“The biggest thing was just the testing he had to go through with the medical and slow progress getting better every day. So we’re just taking it day by day now, not the actual schedule.”
Lue is adamant that five-time All-Star Leonard is making progress, having managed 21 minutes off the bench in each of his two games at the start of the season.
“He’s progressing well,” said Lue. “We knew coming out of the ACL it wasn’t going to be a straight line. We talked about it before the season.
“The biggest thing is that he is developing well. We will follow in the footsteps of our medical staff, we have to be smart about the situation, but he is evolving.
“He’s in a good place, he’s improving and he’s getting better, so that’s the most important thing.”