A “scary” facial harm suffered by Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard on Friday left his teammates “pondering of the worst.”
The Clippers small ahead was concerned in an unintended collision with Serge Ibaka when his team-mate went for a defensive rebound and caught Leonard along with his elbow.
Leonard was bleeding closely from his mouth on the ground of the courtroom earlier than being taken off for additional therapy within the locker room throughout the fourth quarter.
Within the absence of the four-time All-Star, who later reportedly required eight stitches for a mouth laceration, the Clippers held out to beat the Denver Nuggets 121-108.
Paul George mentioned he was “actually fearful” when he noticed the preliminary harm to his teammate.
“I used to be pondering of the worst,” George mentioned. “I did not know if he was concussed or how arduous of a success [it was] or what truly occurred as a result of I did not see it. I simply noticed him laying on the bottom. That was in the beginning, simply ensuring he was okay.”
Clippers ahead Nicolas Batum mentioned he spoke with Leonard after the sport and that he seemed to be recovering.
“You do not need a participant, any participant, [to] go down like that with blood throughout him and in all places on the ground,” Batum mentioned. “I feel he is good. I simply noticed him within the locker room; he was okay, and that was type of scary within the second.”
Leonard managed had 21 factors, seven assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in half an hour of motion at Pepsi Heart because the Clippers gained some measure of revenge for his or her defeat to Denver within the second spherical of final season’s playoffs.
Coach Tyronn Lue felt his gamers carried out as anticipated to carry onto their benefit, with Leonard having left the courtroom with the Clippers main 108-97.
“Nothing was mentioned [to the players],” he defined. “You recognize, simply subsequent man up. We all know Kawhi is a superb participant. We have to have the mindset that if he goes down, everyone has to have the ability to step up.”