Paul George (hamstring) out vs. Warriors
LOS ANGELES – LA Clippers forward Paul George will miss Friday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors. The team announced George’s absence a full day ahead of the game, which doesn’t bode well for an immediate return.
The Clippers practiced for two consecutive days on Wednesday and Thursday following two days off on Monday and Tuesday. No note was made of any injury to George, who played 26 minutes and scored 32 points in Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the New York Knicks.
“I felt good, I felt good,” said George following Sunday’s game. “The past three games starting with the Sacramento game I started to feel back myself with reads and timing and rhythm, I just didn’t make shots that night. All of that felt good all the way leading up to this point and going into this now was just about taking my time. I know the shots I’m going to get, I know how to get to those shots, it’s just about taking my time now.”
George was initially diagnosed with ‘hamstring tightness’ last week and ended up missing one game against the Memphis Grizzlies before returning two days after suffering the injury. Now, George’s injury has been deemed a hamstring strain, implying that the injury worsened either immediately after the game or sometime during one of the practices.
The Clippers face off against the Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Orlando Magic over the next seven days. George is already out against the Warriors and, unless this is precautionary, should be considered doubtful against the Nuggets on Sunday.
George being ruled out 27 hours ahead of the game could mean George is not close to a return for the Clippers. The six-time All-Star is averaging 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals, and 3.6 three-pointers per game on 43 percent shooting from the field and 39.5 percent from beyond the arc.