Paul George reveals status of hamstring injury after early exit for Clippers
Paul George was unable to finish the Los Angeles Clippers’ 108-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. George was yanked late in the game due to a hamstring issue, which the six-time All-Star shed some light on after the game.
In his post-game press conference, George played down the injury and how he believes it should not be a concern moving forward:
“It was a little tight tonight,” George said, via Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “Tried to give it a go and give whatever I had, you know. We went up 17, I checked out just to limit anything else happening to it. Going forward, I should be good. Going to use these next couple of days to prepare.”
George, who has been in magnificent form for the Clippers thus far, managed 33 minutes of action on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on just 4-of-13 shooting, to go along with two triples, five rebounds, four assists, a steal, and four turnovers. He was clearly not playing at his best against his former team, and this could probably be blamed on his hamstring injury.
Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue seconded his star’s thoughts after the game. According to the first-year Clippers coach, George sitting out the final moments of the game was more of a matter of circumstance:
Ty Lue says Paul George has some hamstring tightness coming into the game so they played it safe with him late in the game. #Clippers
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 24, 2021
Sunday’s win improved the Clippers to 13-4, as they sit atop of the Western Conference tied with their cross-town rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. The Clippers return to action on Tuesday in a bout against the Atlanta Hawks, and at this point, it appears that George should be good to go for that one.