The Western Conference play-in matchup tonight features two teams playing without a star player.No matter who wins between the #8 seed Clippers and the #9 seed Pelicans, neither are likely to get those stars back before the end of the postseason.Zion Williams keeps teasing people and lighting up social media with his pregame dunks, while Kawhi Leonard has been making more appearances lately on the practice court as he continues his right knee ACL recovery.Leonard has not played a game in 306 days. Williamson has not played in 347 days.The ProBasketballDocs – including former Chicago Bulls team doctor Dr. John Hefferon – do not expect either star to make an appearance in the playoffs.While Williamson's recent dunks prove without a doubt how athletic he is, it does not show that he is in game shape.Without conditioning, there is risk of reaggravating his fifth metatarsal stress fracture if he were to increase his workload.Leonard is nine months and three days into his ACL recovery and has not progressed past individual drills. Earlier this year, the Sports Injury Central doctors detailed why Leonard was likely to miss the season.The target for both teams is clearly to get them healthy for next season. Rushing them back for the playoffs could risk a set back and disrupt their recovery process. With the two-way nature of Leonard's game, that makes his ACL recovery longer because he will need to move well laterally and defend.Although the playoffs are lengthy and the finals don't start until early June, neither star will be conditioned or ready to contribute in a meaningful way by then, according to the ProBasketballDocs.The final Western Conference play-in game between the Clippers and the Pelicans tips at 7:05 p.m. PT. With George out after testing positive with COVID-19, the Pelicans are 1-point favorites and the over/under is 215.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.