The Clippers have an incredibly important game against the Phoenix Suns, but they might also be incredibly shorthanded.
Kawhi Leonard is listed as doubtful with right knee soreness injury, Nicolas Batum is questionable with a right shoulder strain, and Amir Coffey is questionable with a tailbone contusion. As usual, Patrick Beverley and Serge Ibaka are both out. The Phoenix Suns have two questionable stars of their own: Dario Saric and Jae Crowder.
Defeating the Phoenix Suns was already going to be an incredibly difficult task for the LA Clippers, but it'll be even harder if Kawhi Leonard isn't playing. It's very hard to sweep a championship-contending team 3-0 in the regular season, especially one led by Chris Paul.
If the Clippers beat the Suns, they'll be tied for the 2nd seed. If they lose, it'll not only essentially ruin any chances for the 2nd seed, but it'll also put the Clippers potentially one game away from the 4th seed. Calling this game a must-win from a playoff seeding perspective is an understatement. However, when a team is this shorthanded, it's just going to a very uphill battle to climb.
It's not hard to tell that there's some bad blood between the Clippers and the Suns. Hopefully, the game remains competitive if Kawhi Leonard doesn't play, but the game should have some fireworks regardless.