Kawhi Leonard (knee) misses third straight game for Clippers

Rivers not worried about Kawhi's injury (0:33)

Doc Rivers understood coming into the season that the Clippers would have to be patient with injuries, and the head coach says that Kawhi Leonard almost played Monday vs. the Thunder. (0:33)

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard was ruled out for Monday's 90-88 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Leonard suffered a left knee contusion in the second half of the Clippers' loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and did not play against New Orleans on Thursday or Atlanta on Saturday.

Leonard has missed five of the Clippers' 14 games this season and has yet to play alongside teammate Paul George, who made his Clippers debut on Thursday after rehabbing from two shoulder operations.

George has helped mitigate Leonard's absence, scoring 70 points in 44 minutes in his first two games back. He recorded 18 points on Monday, including a 3-pointer with 25.9 seconds left to put the Clippers up for good.

Leonard has been effective as well, when he has been on the court, averaging 26.8 points per game to go with a career-high six assists.