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Suns starter added to injury report against Clippers, Kawhi Leonard out

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The Phoenix Suns have a key addition to their injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Jusuf Nurkić is questionable with a right ankle sprain in a very important game for the Suns (46-32). Phoenix is 1-4 this season without Nurkić.

Nurkić went down with some lower leg injury early during yesterday’s 113-105 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, but did come back and play his normal minutes. He finished with six points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals against the Pelicans.

Nurkić was dealing with the same injury a couple weeks ago, and it caused him to miss one game, a 104-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on March 27.

Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery) remains out for Phoenix tomorrow, as he has been all season. Coach Frank Vogel said Lee will miss the rest of the regular season and could return some time in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, for the Clippers (50-28), Kawhi Leonard will miss his fifth consecutive game tomorrow night with right knee inflammation. Daniel Theis (left thumb sprain) is questionable.

L.A. has gone 3-1 in this stretch without Leonard.

Tomorrow’s game tips off at 7 p.m. MST from Footprint Center. These two teams have not played since Jan. 8, a 138-111 beatdown by the Clippers in Los Angeles. This is still Phoenix’s worst loss by margin of defeat this season.

Right after this game, the Suns will travel to Los Angeles and take on the Clippers again on Wednesday. Phoenix needs every win it can get at this point, as it sits in sixth place in the Western Conference, tied with New Orleans. The Clippers are four games ahead of the Suns as the fourth seed in the West.

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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