Kawhi Leonard’s Facial Injury in Slow Motion (Video)

Kawhi Leonard’s Facial Injury in Slow Motion (Video)

Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Denver Nuggets 121-108 on Friday night. Unfortunately, the victory came at a cost.

Leonard was forced to exit the game with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter after crashing into teammate Serge Ibaka.

Ibaka’s elbow struck Leonard when both players attempted to catch a rebound. Leonard immediately fell to the floor and began bleeding profusely from his mouth.

Leonard got eight stitches to treat a mouth laceration after the outing. In his postgame media session, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said Leonard is “gonna be fine.”

In what was a bit of a troubling sign for the Clippers, the team really seemed to struggle when Leonard exited the game.

After trailing by as many as 24 points in the second half, the Nuggets cut the lead down to 11 halfway through the fourth quarter.

Fortunately for the Clippers, they were ultimately able to fend off a late rally.

“We know Kawhi is a great player,” Lue said after the fact.

“We got to have the mindset that if he goes down, everybody has to be able to step up.”

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.

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