Injuries continue to hamper the NBA playoffs.
If it wasn’t enough already with Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Denver’s Jamal Murray, Utah’s Mike Conley, Boston’s Jaylen Brown, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving and James Harden, the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard will miss Game 5 with a sprained right knee and there is no timetable for his return.
And while not injury-related, Chris Paul’s status for the Western Conference finals is unknown as he enters the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
As they have all season and now into the playoffs, injuries — and absence of injuries — continue to play a significant role in who wins, who advances and who doesn’t.
Leonard will be the eighth All-Star to miss a playoff game this year, which is the most in NBA history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Paul could be the ninth.
Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. was listed on the injury report for Game 2 against Phoenix as “available” with lower back tightness.
Porter played, but it was clear he wasn’t 100% as he finished with 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting as the Suns won 123-98 and took a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinals series on their to…