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Paul George doubtful, Patrick Beverley out for Clippers vs. Grizzlies

Paul George, Patrick Beverley, Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers will likely be severely shorthanded when they play the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, with All-Star forward Paul George listed as doubtful and Patrick Beverley out.

George left Thursday’s tilt with the Detroit Pistons after playing only 15 minutes due to what was then called hamstring tightness. However, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers later suspected George could be dealing with a back injury.

“Nothing happened [specifically], he just felt tightness,” said Rivers of Paul 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.”

George, who was traded to L.A. in the offseason to pair up with fellow All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard, missed the first 11 games of the 2019-20 NBA season recovering from rotator cuff surgery. He is averaging 23.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for the Clippers, though he recently hit a shooting slump.

Patrick Beverley, on the other hand, has missed three of the last four games for the Clippers and five of the last ten with a wrist sprain. The 31-year-old ferocious perimeter defender missed L.A.’s back-to-back wins on Tuesday and Thursday against the Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons, respectively.

Beverley hit the ground hard in a game against the Utah Jazz last week, hurting his wrist when he made contact after missing a layup in the third quarter.

The Clippers play the Grizzlies on Saturday before hosting the visiting New York Knicks on Sunday.