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Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram out vs. Clippers with knee soreness in Paul George’s season debut

Brandon Ingram, Paul George, Pelicans, Clippers

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without starting small forward Brandon Ingram on Thursday when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers, who will have All-Star Paul George in the lineup for the first time all season.

Ingram is dealing with right knee soreness. This marks the second straight game he’ll miss for the Pelicans.

In nine games this season, Brandon Ingram is averaging 25.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He’s shooting 53.7 percent from the field, 46.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Pelicans only have two wins on the season. It’s going to be tough for them to beat the Clippers with George back in the lineup, although superstar Kawhi Leonard won’t play since it’s the second night of a back-to-back for LA.

Ingram underwent an MRI on his knee, with the results coming back clean. It appears the Pelicans are just being cautious with their talented swingman since it’s a long season.

Without No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson in the lineup, the Pelicans just can’t seem to find ways to win games. New Orleans is 2-8 on the season. It’s unclear when Zion will make his season debut. He’s still recovering from meniscus surgery.