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Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard sprains right knee, out for Game 5 – Cache Valley Daily

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard holds his knee after stepping awkwardly during the second half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Utah Jazz Monday, June 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard has a right knee sprain that will keep him out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night and raises questions about his availability going forward. The Clippers said Wednesday that there is “no timetable for his return.” Game 5 is Wednedsday in Salt Lake City; Game 6 of the series is Friday in Los Angeles. It is a massive blow for the Clippers, who have split the first four games of their series with the top-seeded Jazz and are trying to reach the West finals for the first time in franchise history. Leonard is a two-time NBA Finals MVP, and is averaging 30.4 points on 57% shooting in the playoffs. The Clippers were 11-9 without Leonard during the regular season. They’re 6-1 so far in the playoffs when he scores at least 28 points, 0-4 otherwise. “I don’t care about the

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Jazz, Clippers tied 2-2 heading into game 5 – Cache Valley Daily

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, left, tries to pass while under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard during the first half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Clippers (47-25, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Utah Jazz (52-20, first in the Western Conference during the regular season) Salt Lake City; Wednesday, 8 p.m. MDT FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Jazz -2.5; over/under is 223.5 WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Series tied 2-2 BOTTOM LINE: The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers are in a 2-2 series tie in the Western Conference second round. The Clippers won the previous meeting 118-104. Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points to help lead LA to the win and Donovan Mitchell totaled 37 points in defeat for Utah. The Jazz are 28-14 against Western Conference opponents. Utah averages 14.2 turnovers per game and is 11-6 when it wins the turnover battle. The Clippers are 27-15 against Western Conference opponents. Los Angeles averages 44.2 rebounds per game and is 32-8 when grabbing more rebounds than opponents. TOP PERFORMERS: Mitchell is averaging 26.4 points and 5.2 assists for

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