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Clippers star Paul George’s injury could force him to miss rest of season

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George has been out since late December with a torn elbow ligament. There are fears that George will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report:

Per Fischer:

While the team’s initial announcement on Christmas Day stated George would be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks, the Clippers are operating under the possibility that George may not return this season, sources told B/R.

In 26 games this season, George is averaging 24.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. George had excelled as the Clippers’ leading man while Kawhi Leonard rehabbed his ACL tear, but he recently went on the shelf to rest his elbow injury. Now there’s a chance he’s not back at all.

Fischer added that some are still skeptical about Leonard returning this season, despite a recent report suggesting he’s ahead of schedule:

“He’s always played things methodically and cautiously,” said one source with knowledge of Leonard’s thinking. “I knew he was ahead of schedule [in his rehab], but I wouldn’t bet on it. Kawhi is always focused on the long term. If they’re not in the playoff picture, I think the chances he comes back are slim to none.”

If LA can make up ground without George, they could possibly have both of their stars back in time for the postseason. Unfortunately, they have struggled since George went down, losing six of their last 10 games.

The Clippers will have to lean on Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris and Terance Mann to keep them alive in the Western Conference playoff race.