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Report: Kawhi Leonard “ahead of schedule” after ACL surgery

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard is allegedly “ahead of schedule,” according to an SI report. Leonard — who is one of the Top 10 best players in the league when he’s healthy — had surgery on July 13th.

Despite this report, the Clippers will not rush him back. Typically, surgery for this type of injury requires an 8-9 month recovery time.

Kawhi Leonard dunks the basketball against the Utah Jazz (Photo by the Los Angeles Clippers/Instagram)

That means, if he stays on target, he may not return to his teammates on the court until at least the end of February 2022. If he has any setbacks, or according to their plans, he could potentially miss the majority of the regular season.

Head coach Tyronn Lue may not be able to use Leonard again until possibly later than February too. Depending on where they are in the standings, he could potentially miss the entire regular season if the team does not have a chance to make the playoffs.

Speaking of the extra season, Leonard was injured in the 2021 injury. After being sidelined, Paul George stepped up his game to give the Clippers a chance.

George will have to play at a high level throughout the upcoming season if Leonard will not play until the tail end of the campaign.

Leonard — who re-signed with the team in the off-season — appeared in 52 games. He started all 52 games.

He had 24.8 points per game. Also, when he was on the court, he averaged 6.5 rebounds per game, 5.2 assists per game, 1.6 steals per game, and 0.4 blocks per contest.

The 24.8 points per game was the lowest in a season when he played at least 50 games since the 2015-16 season. He averaged 21.2 ppg.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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