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Kawhi Leonard knee injury analysis: Doctor explains potential causes, concerns and why Clippers are being extra cautious

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The recent setback facing Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard during his road to recovery from a torn ACL grows more concerning with time. Leonard, who suffered the injury in June of 2021 and underwent reconstructive surgery a month later, missed the entirety of the 2021-22 season before returning to the floor this October. As exciting as Leonard's return to action was, it was short-lived, as he appeared in just two of LA's first three games before being sidelined with knee stiffness."Leonard last played on Oct. 23. In the time since Leonard last played, details surrounding his potential return have been murky. While Leonard has progressed to participating in five-on-five work in practice, head coach Ty Lue maintains that he is unsure when the 31-year-old will be cleared to return to the lineup. Given the concerning nature of Leonard's current situation, we reached out to medical expert Dr. Michael S. George of the KSF Orthopaedic Center in Houston to gain more insight into the cause of Leonard's injury and the concern level surrounding the obstacles he's faced since undergoing surgery.