FILE PHOTO: Jan 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5), guard George Hill (3) and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
January 29, 2021
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George cleared league health and safety protocols and can play Friday night when the Los Angeles Clippers meet the Magic in Orlando, ESPN reported.
They did not travel with the Clippers as they embarked on a six-game road trip but have rejoined the team. The two All-Stars have been out since Monday because of the COVID-19 protocols.
In their absence, the Hawks were 1-1, losing 108-99 to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and defeating the Heat in Miami on Thursday, 109-105.
Patrick Beverley is not expected to play in Orlando because of lingering right knee soreness. He suffered a knee injury Sunday night in the Clippers’ win over Oklahoma City.
Leonard is averaging 25.9 points, 5.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds this season, while George is averaging 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Beverley averages 8.1 points and 2.1 assists per game.
The Clippers (14-5) have the second-best record in the NBA and trail the Utah Jazz by a half-game in the Western Conference.
(Field Level Media)