The Los Angeles Clippers take their seven-game winning streak on the road this week, starting a six-game road trip against Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.
But they’ll be starting it without All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who were both ruled out due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The pair did not join the team on the flight to Atlanta on Monday, ESPN reported.
The Clippers will also be without point guard Patrick Beverley (right knee soreness).
The trio played in a 108-100 win over Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, though George was pulled from the game with 4:31 remaining due to hamstring tightness, while Beverley sat out the second half to rest his knee.
Leonard nearly posted a triple-double with 34 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while George had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists as they improved to 13-4, tied for the league’s best record with the Lakers.
“(Leonard) has been phenomenal for us and (Sunday) we had to ride him,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
“Kawhi had it going, so we played through him a lot, especially in that second half. And he created points for himself and he created points for our team as well, so we had to ride him pretty hard just so he could continue to keep the lead.”
It’s possible Leonard and George could join for other road games, depending on the extent of protocols.
Leonard is averaging 25.9 points, 5.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds this season, while George is averaging 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
Lou Williams (8.8 points per game) and Luke Kennard (8.5) are expected to receive more playing time.