While coach Ty Lue said Friday that he doesn't believe the Clippers will be without their two stars for an extended period of time, on Sunday he said both George and Kennard will not travel with the team for LA's two-game road trip to Portland and Utah. Leonard's status for the trip is to be determined.
Leonard missed his second straight game due to a sprained right ankle against Denver, a 114-104 loss Friday. George sat out his third straight game due to a right hamstring tendon strain suffered in the first half of a win against San Antonio on Nov. 19. And Kennard has missed five straight games due to a right calf strain.
The Clippers want to be as cautious as possible with injuries so that they can have their best players available for the postseason. Leonard missed all of last season after tearing his right ACL in Game 4 of the second round against Utah in 2021.
"We're not the only team who's going through it," Lue said Friday of injuries. "The guys [are] getting better, they're progressing pretty well and that's all we can worry about. We got to worry about [Denver]. And the guys we got on the floor and trying to get a win, and so our guys are scrapping, they're playing hard, they're trying to hold the fort down and it's tough right now. But it is just part of the league right now."