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Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, Paul George out due to COVID-19 protocols

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (R) has averaged 32.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and five assists in the Clippers' last three wins. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (R) has averaged 32.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and five assists in the Clippers' last three wins. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will miss Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks because of the NBA's health and safety protocols.

League sources told ESPN, The Athletic and the Los Angeles Times that Leonard and George didn't travel with the Clippers to Atlanta on Monday.

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The Clippers will be without their two best players and starting point guard Patrick Beverley as they carry a seven-game winning streak into Atlanta for the start of a six-game road swing. Beverley also will miss Tuesday's game against the Hawks due to right knee soreness.

Leonard or George could possibly return to the team on the road trip if they clear the league's COVID-19 protocols.

Leonard, George and Beverley all played in Sunday's 108-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. George, however, was held out of the last five minutes due to hamstring tightness. Beverley, who also didn't make the trip to Atlanta, didn't play in the second half because of the knee injury.

In the Clippers' last three wins, Leonard has averaged 32.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, five assists and three steals. He is averaging 25.9 points, 5.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds through 15 games this season.

George is averaging 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 16 games this year.

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