As the Clippers look to extend their winning streak to 6 games on Monday in San Antonio, things just got a little bit easier. Spurs starting small forward Kawhi Leonard will not play in the game.
Leonard is expected to miss up to two weeks with quadrieps tendinitis in his left knee. In their only meeting so far this season, Kawhi had 4 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals as the Clippers topped the Spurs 106-84.
Leonard averaged 10 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2 steals while making 6-12 threes as the Spurs swept the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs last season, the San Diego State product's rookie campaign.
It is likely that Stephen Jackson will start in Leonard's place on Monday. Jackson is a good veteran and definitely a capable starter- but if he is inserted into the starting lineup that takes away one of the better players on the Spurs bench to counter the Clippers' offensively dominant second unit. Manu Ginobili will also see increased minutes at the SF spot. Because Manu is only 6'6", 205, the Clippers could counter such lineups with a Paul, Bledsoe, Crawford lineup- arguably the Clippers best three perimeter players.