NBA playoffs

Clippers rule out Kawhi Leonard for Game 6

Clippers rule out Kawhi Leonard for Game 6

MAJOR LOSS. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard averages 30.4 points in the playoffs.

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The Clippers try to complete a series upset of the No. 1 Jazz even minus Kawhi Leonard

Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will sit out again when Los Angeles attempts to eliminate the visiting Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals  on Friday, June 18 (Saturday, June 19, Manila time).

Leonard sprained his right knee in Clippers’ Game 4 home win on Monday, then sat out Game 5 at Salt Lake City on Wednesday while his teammates earned a 119-111 victory to go up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Los Angeles coach Tyronn Lue made the official announcement Thursday that Leonard will be unavailable Friday.

Leonard, a two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, is averaging 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in the postseason after putting up 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game in the regular season.

The Clippers are also without another member of their frontcourt, Serge Ibaka, who underwent postseason-ending back surgery last week.

The Jazz have played the entire series to date without All-Star guard Mike Conley due to a strained right hamstring. He is listed as questionable for Game 6, as is Donovan Mitchell, who has played through a right ankle injury. –