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Doc Rivers addresses Paul George injury, suspects it may be back-related

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LOS ANGELES – LA Clippers forward Paul George left Thursday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons late in the first half. George finished with 12 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 16 minutes of action in the first half.

The Clippers announced that George was dealing with tightness in his hamstring at halftime and ruled him out for the rest of the game midway through the third quarter.

After the game, head coach Doc Rivers said George’s hamstring tightness led to a bit of back tightness as well.

“Nothing happened [specifically], he just felt tightness,” said Rivers of George’s injury. “He said it at halftime. And then we just decided not to bring him back. He is going to be evaluated, clearly. I think it’s the back, more than the legs, but I’m not sure.”

When asked if the blowout nature of the game had anything to do with holding George out, Rivers said, “I would have taken him out regardless.”

Following the press conference, the Clippers clarified that George was suffering tightness in his hamstring and a bit of the tightness worked its way up to George’s back, so the team took precautions and held him out for the rest of the game.

The Clippers have listed George as doubtful to play in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies with left hamstring tightness.

They have an afternoon back-to-back set at Staples Center against the Grizzlies and New York Knicks this weekend. Kawhi Leonard still isn’t playing in back-to-back sets as of right now. That means the Clippers are likely already anticipating him missing one of these games.