Los Angeles Clippers head coach Ty Lue suggested the Clippers don't really have a time frame for when they expect Kawhi Leonard to return to action. Leonard, who missed the entire last season due to a torn ACL, didn't play on Sunday versus the Utah Jazz - which was his seventh consecutive game missed.
After the game, Lue was asked whether Leonard's injury situation was treated as week-to-week rather than day-to-day. "There's really not a time frame of when he is going to be back. The biggest thing is just the testing that he has to go through with the medical and the slow progression of just getting better every single day.
And so we're just taking it day by day right now, not really a timetable," Lue said, per ESPN.
Lue on the Leonard situation: We were ready for this
In the summer of 2021, Leonard sustained a torn ACL during the Clippers and Dallas Mavericks series.
As a result, Leonard missed the entire last season. Leonard was ready to start this season in time but it didn't take him quickly to experience a setback. However, the Clippers are refusing to be negative, instead insisting they expected stuff like this.
He is progressing well. We knew coming off an ACL, it wasn't going to be a straight line. We talked about it before the season. The biggest thing is he's progressing well. We are going to follow the lead of our medical staff, we got to be smart about the situation, but he is progressing.
He is in a good place, he is progressing and he is getting better so that is the most important thing," Lue added. Meanwhile, the Clippers suffered a 110-102 loss to the Jazz on Sunday. After winning three games in a row, the Clippers' winning streak was snapped by the Jazz.
Following the loss to the Jazz, the Clippers stand at 5-5. On Monday, the Clippers are playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at home.