Clippers’ Leonard, Wall to Return to Action in Upcoming Preseason Game


After missing over a year of NBA action, Kawhi Leonard and John Wall are set to return to the floor on Monday night in the Clippers’ preseason game against the Blazers, coach Tyronn Lue announced Friday.

Lue shared the news of the anticipated returns ahead of L.A.’s preseason opener against Israeli club Maccabi Ra’anana at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Leonard and Wall were listed among the inactive players for the game but are expected to play next week; Paul George, Nicolas Batum, Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson are also expected to play after sitting out Friday night.

Friday’s news signals a near return to full strength for a Clippers team that has sorely missed Leonard’s presence. The two-time NBA champion missed the entire 2021–22 regular season after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn ACL he sustained during the 2021 playoffs.

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