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Doc Rivers optimistic Paul George will return to Clippers soon

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George was ruled out of Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors due to a hamstring injury. However, head coach Doc Rivers doesn’t think his star will be out for long.

Rivers revealed that George sustained the injury during practice, but he emphasized it was only a “mild hamstring injury” and fans need not to worry. He also pointed out that he thinks PG13 will be able to return sooner rather than later.

Entering Friday, the Clippers boast a 26-12 record for the third seed in the Western Conference. Despite winning three of their last four games, however, the Clippers have struggled a bit recently — allowing the Memphis Grizzlies to score 140 points and the New York Knicks to drop 45 points in one quarter.

As for George, the four-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection has continued to be one of the better players in the NBA. The 29-year old is averaging 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from deep.

Injuries have hindered George throughout the season, especially at the start. In fact, he missed the first 11 games of the season.

The 29-year-old forward has done pretty well in staying healthy throughout his career. The former Fresno State star hasn’t missed more than seven games prior to this season since a devastating leg injury in 2014 kept him sidelined for the majority of that campaign.

Paul George arrived in Los Angeles after an offseason trade sent him from Oklahoma City to the Clippers. The California native joined up with Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard to create one of the best duos in the entire NBA.

As a result, Doc Rivers and Co. came into the season with championship expectations. While they have faltered at times, the Clippers are still one of the better and most talented teams in the NBA.