Paul George, a forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, may not play on Monday against the Utah Jazz due to soreness in his right knee.
On Saturday, George didn’t play in the second half of the Lakers’ 119-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Before leaving, he had scored 21 points on five three-pointers.
George posted career highs in scoring (24.3 points), rebounding (6.9 boards per game), assists (5.7) and steals (2.2) in the 2021-22 campaign. He missed the majority of the season due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and as a result he only played in 31 games.
Before George came back on March 29th, he had been sitting for over three months. But as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports, on April 15 he started following the league’s health and safety procedures. Due to this, he was unable to play in the Clippers’ play-in game, a 105-101 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans that ultimately cost them a playoff berth.
George is currently averaging 23.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game this season.
George, now 31 years old, has been named to the NBA All-Star team seven times, to the NBA All-NBA team six times, and to the NBA All-Defensive team four times. This is a major blow to the Clippers, who will be without Kawhi Leonard for the entire 2021-22 season due to Leonard’s partially torn ACL.
In George’s absence, the offensive load will fall on Marcus Morris Sr. and John Wall, as Kawhi Leonard is still finding his rhythm after missing a few games with an injury. More playing time is on the horizon for players like Norman Powell, Terance Mann, Robert Covington, and Amir Coffey.
How Long Will Paul George Be Out?
Since the 25th of December, George has been unable to play. According to Jeff Stotts, an NBA injury analyst, the average amount of time a player is sidelined due to a sprained UCL is about 28 days or 13 games.
It took much longer for George to recover from his injury, but the All-Star forward will be back on the court on March 29.
The MRI for George’s right elbow is scheduled for the 24th of February, 2022 (update, 2/3/2022). Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN says it could help the team learn if the seven-time All-Star will return to action this year.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported on February 16, 2022, that if George’s MRI on February 24 comes back negative,
he will reportedly undergo a two-week ramp-up period, potentially allowing him to return in the second week of March.
Per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, George’s elbow is “feeling better” as of today (Feb. 25, 2022) but Clippers head coach Ty Lue has said that George will “need more time” to recover. George is reportedly making progress, but his return to the lineup for the rest of the season remains questionable.
As of March 25, 2022, George practiced with the Clippers for the first time since December and is hoping to return for the postseason, as reported by ESPN’s Youngmisuk. After taking part in some 4-on-4 drills on Sunday, he was given the all-clear to return to practice.
The latest (as of March 28, 2022): The Clippers, according to Youngmisuk, have put George through at least one 5-on-5 practice to see how he responds to training in order to determine whether or not he will play this week.
According to Youngmisuk, Clippers head coach Ty Lue said of George before his first practice on March 25: “He is doing good.” “Thankfully, he hasn’t experienced any discomfort. Making sure he can handle minimal contact and work on his conditioning is the main focus right now. So far, it hasn’t been an issue.”
Paul George’s Injury Report
Paul George could be the latest NBA player to join the injury and virus reports this season due to the prevalence of the Covid-19 virus.
Though little was said, he was scheduled for a follow-up assessment in three to four weeks. Only through George’s close friend Reggie Jackson did we learn anything about his injury.
The Clippers had hoped to keep Kawhi Leonard, who has also been out since last season. A person with knowledge of Leonard’s situation said, “If they’re not in the playoff picture, I think the chances of him coming back are slim to none.” The team will be at a disadvantage due to the injury scare with Paul George and the news of Kawhi Leonard.
How Has George Performed This Season?
This season, the Los Angeles Clippers have been propelled by Paul George. This season he has put up 24.7 points, 7.1 boards, and 5.5 assists on average.
Current Western Conference standings have the Los Angeles Clippers in eighth place. They have been battling city rivals the Los Angeles Lakers, who are also dealing with injury issues, for a chance to make the playoffs.
George entered tonight averaging 23.8 points, 6.0 boards, 4.2 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Even though he was limited to just 31 regular season games in 2017, he is off to a strong start this year.
As of now, the Clippers are tied for sixth place in the Western Conference with the Memphis Grizzlies after 17 games, each with a 10-7 record. Two wins in a row have them riding high, and they’ve won five of nine at home to improve to 5-4 overall.
The Jazz is the top team in the Western Conference and is coming into the game with a 12-6 record after their first 18 games. They’ve won two straight games and are 6-5 away from home in 11 contests.