It’s no secret that Leonard is a force to be reckoned with and, when healthy, could help the team’s record be much higher.
Sadly, he is still not at 100% after more than a year off the court and has only played in two games so far this season.
The timetable for Leonard’s return has not been clear.
In fact, head coach Ty Lue went as far as to say that there was no timetable for his triumphant return.
Kawhi Leonard went through 5-on-5 this morning before the team’s practice and is progressing. He will not play tomorrow against the Nets but Ty Lue says Kawhi is getting closer to a return. Lue made it sound like Kawhi still has a little bit more to go before returning.
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) November 11, 2022
But some good news came out of the Clippers’ camp this morning.
Ohm Youngmisuk reported that Leonard “went through 5-on-5 this morning before the team’s practice and is progressing.”
He added: “He will not play tomorrow against the Nets but Ty Lue says Kawhi is getting closer to a return. Lue made it sound like Kawhi still has a little bit more to go before returning.”
This is decidedly good news that will only help the Clippers.
Leonard Here To Stay?
The hope is that Leonard comes back and is as good as he used to be and the Clippers race to the top of the Western Conference standings.
But the fear is that he will still not be 100% and may never play like he used to.
We honestly don’t know what the future holds for Leonard right now but the team is still willing and eager to have him back as soon as possible.
They aren’t horrible by any means but the Clippers aren’t yet at the level that fans expected.
Will that change in the next few weeks upon Leonard’s return?