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Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is a major NBA storyline this week.
Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is a major NBA storyline this week. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Kawhi Leonard, Zach Lavine To Miss Games With Knee Management

The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Tuesday that star forward Kawhi Leonard will miss their home-and-home with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week so he can address “stiffness” in his right knee. 

Leonard averaged 12.5 points off the bench in his first two games back from the torn ACL and reconstruction that caused him to miss the entire 2021-22 season.

The soonest he would play next is against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, although he would almost certainly remain on a minutes limit.

The Chicago Bulls’ newest franchise guard, Zach Lavine, missed the first two games of the season with “left knee injury management” coming off of left knee surgery during the offseason.

Lavine is expected to miss one game from every back-to-back this season and his availability will reportedly be on a game-by-game basis in the short term.

The 27-year-old scored 23 points in 28 minutes and 19 points in 32 minutes in his first two games. Chicago faces the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram Out for Pelicans

Starting forwards Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram suffered a hip contusion and concussion, respectively, in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 122-121 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

Ingram is in concussion protocol, making his return date difficult to predict. It will depend on the severity and length of his symptoms.

Williamson, however, is more hurt than injured and his absence from Tuesday’s loss was likely precautionary for the franchise force, according to the Pro Basketball Docs.

The fourth-year starter should be available on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Prognosis for Lakers’ Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis briefly left the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Clippers last weekend after he took a hard fall on his lower back, which has bothered him since the preseason. The 29-year-old is expected to continue to play through the issue and is averaging 24.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the 0-3 Lakers.

Darius Garland, Jalen Williams Miss First Week With Gruesome Eye Injuries

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland left the season opener versus the Toronto Raptors after getting poked in the eye by Gary Trent Jr. While he hopes to return this Friday, he reportedly could miss another three games.

Not to be outdone, Thunder rookie Jalen Williams took an elbow to the face and suffered an orbital fracture that required surgery six minutes into his NBA debut. 

Williams is improving, according to head coach Mark Daigneault, and is expected to be re-evaluated later this week.

Warriors' Donte DiVincenzo To Miss At Least 1 Week

Steve Kerr said that new Golden State Warriors 3-and-D guard, Donte DiVincenzo, suffered a hamstring strain and will be re-evaluated early next week.

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