UPDATE: March 4, 7:02 p.m. — Paul George was a late scratch from the starting lineup due to dizziness. Reggie Jackson will start in his place. This is unfortunate considering it comes just a minutes around lineups locked on DraftKings. Reportedly, PG-13 was warming up and felt dizzy, which prompted the team to hold him out vs. the Wizards with the All-Star break approaching.
UPDATE: March 4, 5:30 p.m. — Leonard will be available to play in Thursday’s game vs. the Wizards. Morris has been ruled out. So the Clippers will have their full starting lineup to close out the first half of the season. With Morris sidelined, we should see more Ivica Zubac in the frontcourt along with Serge Ibaka. Depending on how the game script rolls, we should see Leonard get a full allotment of minutes unless Doc Rivers gives us an update there.
The Clippers line right now is -6.5 and that number should shift a bit with the Leonard news. Don’t sleep on the Wizards, however. Prior to a two-game skid, the Wiz had won seven of eight games. See how much the line shifts. The 6.5 right now favors the Clippers. The more the line goes up, the more I’d lean Washington getting the points.
UPDATE: March 3, 5:30 p.m. — Leonard is being listed as questionable to play in Thursday’s game vs. the Washington Wizards. Back spasms were the reason Leonard was a very late scratch from the lineup on Tuesday vs. the Celtics. With the All-Star break approaching, you’d have to think the Clippers just hold Leonard out again. Marcus Morris (concussion is being listed as doubtful.
UPDATE: Leonard will not be available to play Tuesday vs. the Celtics due to back spasms, the team says. The All-Star was out for warmups and was supposed to start before being yanked and replaced by Jackson.
Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Kawhi Leonard was not in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game vs. the Boston Celtics. Leonard was replaced in the starting lineup by G Reggie Jackson and we still don’t know what the deal is with Leonard. The game has already started with the Celtics out to an early lead. Leonard was named to the starting lineup a few hours ago and we don’t know if this is injury related, rest or health and safety protocols. We’re in the dark here, so hang tight.
It appears Kawhi was pulled off the floor during warmups and we don’t have an update on his status. He hasn’t been ruled out of the game but this doesn’t appear to be good for his prospects of playing on Tuesday.
Reggie Jackson is starting in place of Kawhi Leonard tonight vs. the Celtics. Kawhi was suddenly pulled off the floor during warm-ups.— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) March 3, 2021
He has not been ruled out of the game yet.