Paul George still not taking contact, Rodney McGruder questionable for opening night vs. Lakers
LOS ANGELES – The LA Clippers are going into opening night against the Los Angeles Lakers without superstar Paul George. Head coach Doc Rivers said that as of Sunday afternoon, George has not participated in contact portions of practice, and it sounds like he won’t be anytime soon.
Before the team took off to Vancouver for their preseason finale against the Dallas Mavericks, Rivers said George was going to miss the first 10 games of the season. Assuming that stands, George will miss the first four games in November, all home games, with a possible return on November 13th against the Houston Rockets.
In addition to George, guard Rodney McGruder’s status for opening night is up in the air as well. McGruder suffered a high ankle sprain last week and hasn’t practiced or played in a game since.
“He’s doing good,” said Rivers. “He’s progressing. I don’t know if he’ll make it for the first game or not, but he is progressing. That’s all you can ask for.”
According to ClutchPoints’ Ryan Ward, the Lakers will be without forward Kyle Kuzma for opening night as well, so both teams will go in shorthanded.
The Clippers and Lakers will tip off 7:30PM PST.