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Clippers’ Leonard has successful surgery for partial ACL tear


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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard underwent successful surgery on Tuesday for a partial right ACL tear, the team reported in a statement earlier today.

The injury, which kept Leonard out of the remainder of the Western Conference semifinals and finals against the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns respectively, was never specified by the team.

In 11 playoff games this season, Leonard averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Leonard initially got hurt during Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz. He was held out of the remainder of the series as well as the Clippers’ first-ever Western Conference Finals appearance, where they lost 4-2 to the Phoenix Suns.

The Clippers had only specified at the time that Leonard had a knee sprain, holding him out on a game-to-game basis. As of now, there is no timetable for his return.

Leonard, who does have a player option for the 2021-22 season,  averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 52 regular-season games.

Chris Bullock
Chris Bullock
Before joining The Ball Out, Chris Bullock was part of SB Nation's Swish Appeal for nearly three years, covering everything women's basketball. Chris has had the honor of doing live coverage of the WNBA Finals, the NCAA Tournament, and also was given his own column, "The Triple Double". A self-described "foodaholic", Chris lives in the San Diego area with his wife and two daughters, and also hosts his own podcast, "Conscious Cravings", where he speaks about his experience as a mental health advocate.

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