Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Out for Clippers vs. Hawks Due to Safety Protocols

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2021

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Los Angeles Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will miss Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks due to the NBA's health and safety protocols.

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are not flying to Atlanta with the team. Depending on the extent of NBA protocols, Leonard and/or George could potentially join the team on this road trip. https://t.co/0WUPPIfD5v

Guard Patrick Beverley has also been ruled out due to right knee soreness.

Ahead of the 2020-21 season, the NBA implemented new protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. As the league has dealt with an increased number of postponements in recent weeks, there have been new protocols put into place:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

After exiting court, active players are strongly recommended to wear mask in bench area. The requirement resets at halftime (wear mask at start of second half until they enter the game). Inactive players remain required to wear mask for entire game. https://t.co/FjpAEGKltP

Los Angeles is currently scheduled to play four games over the course of the next week. In addition to Tuesday's contest against the Hawks, the Clippers are slated to face the Miami Heat (Thursday), the Orlando Magic (Friday) and the New York Knicks (Sunday). Tuesday marks the start of a six-game road trip, which will run through Feb. 3.

It's unclear how long Leonard and George will be out of the lineup. For the time being, however, the Clippers will need to find a way to win without their top two players.

Leonard is averaging 25.9 points, 5.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 15 games this season. George is posting 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists through 16 appearances.

The Clippers are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA's best record (13-4).