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Kawhi Leonard’s injury and the domino effect on rest of the Clippers’ players

The LA Clippers will be without All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard for the majority of the 2021-22 NBA season as he works toward the recovery of a partially torn ACL suffered during the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

Leonard went down in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals back in June, de-railing what was another dominating postseason run. Averaging 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 57.3 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3, there wasn’t much hope that the Clippers could continue on without their superstar.

With their series against the top-seeded Utah Jazz tied at two games apiece, the responsibility fell on All-Star forward Paul George, among others, to keep their title hopes alive.

The Clippers advanced to their first-ever Conference Finals in franchise history but ultimately fell to the Phoenix Suns in six games.

As a new season begins, the Clippers are still dealing with the same two-time Finals MVP-sized void in their lineup.

Which players are most affected by Leonard’s absence and who will have to step up to keep LA toward the top of the Western Conference until he returns?

Five Clippers players most affected by Kawhi Leonard’s injury

Paul George

Hello, Captain Obvious. This one goes without saying, but George is the main guy that needs to step up.

He did just that during the remainder of the Clippers’ playoff run without Leonard, elevating his game to another level. We saw a flashback to his Indiana Pacers days, where he led his team to consecutive Conference Finals appearances at the age of 22 and 23, going toe-to-toe with LeBron James and the loaded Miami Heat.

Channeling that version of himself, George put together an extremely impressive stretch of games to keep the Clippers going once Leonard went down.

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