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NBA playoffs: Kawhi Leonard out for Clippers’ crucial Game 6 vs. Mavericks

NBA playoffs: Kawhi Leonard out for Clippers' crucial Game 6 vs. Mavericks

The Los Angeles Clippers face playoff elimination in Friday's Game 6 versus the Dallas Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard once again won't be in the Clippers' lineup with their season on the line, according to several reports.

The Mavs hold a 3-2 lead in their first-round NBA playoff series after blowing out the Clippers, 123–93, in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Leonard has only played in Games 2 and 3 of the series while dealing with right knee inflammation. Even when the veteran star has been able to play, he hasn't been effective, scoring a combined 24 points in his two games on 11-for-24 shooting.

Prior to the playoffs, Leonard had been sidelined since March 31, missing the Clippers' final eight regular season games and Game 1 of the series with the Mavericks.

In addition to Leonard, Los Angeles also won't have Terance Mann available. Mann had started the previous five games in the series, averaging 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.

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