Paul George to rejoin Clippers in Dallas, but will sit out vs. Mavs
Injured Los Angeles Clippers superstar Paul George will make the road trip to Dallas to join his team, but he is still ruled out for the sixth consecutive game due to a strained left hamstring.
The 29-year-old swingman initially suffered the injury at the beginning of the year and re-aggravated it in the Clippers’ 135-132 win over the New York Knicks two weeks ago.
Paul George (hamstring) is OUT tomorrow against the Mavs. Moe Harkless is probable to return from a sore back. #Clippers
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 20, 2020
Paul George’s first tenure in Los Angeles has been riddled with injuries so far, as he just started playing mid-November after recovering from two shoulder injuries in the offseason. The six-time All-Star has been as good as advertised though, norming 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 26 appearances this season.
However, it is also quite alarming that George and fellow superstar Kawhi Leonard have shared limited floor time together so far. The Klaw has played in 33 of the Clippers’ first 43 games and has been sitting most back-to-backs due to load management.
Head coach Doc Rivers, meanwhile, shared some good news as Moe Harkless is expected to return after missing the team’s last game versus the New Orleans Pelicans due to a lower back injury. Harkless has missed only one game for the Clippers this year and is averaging 5.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 22.8 minutes per game.
Paul George is flying into Dallas to meet the team tomorrow morning but his status is unknown for tomorrow’s game.
Moe Harkless is practicing today and will likely play tomorrow, Doc Rivers said. “I’ll let you figure that out,” Rivers said.
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 20, 2020
The 6-foot-7 forward does not possess the same impact George has on offense, but his size and length at the wing position is crucial for the Clippers on D.
George re-joining the team, meanwhile, is a good development for the Clippers, who now hold the second-best record in the Western Conference at 30-13. LA has won its last three contests and has leap-frogged the slumping Denver Nuggets in the standings.