Clippers believe Paul George may not return this season

According to Clippers sources, the Los Angeles Clippers could be without both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard for the rest of the 2021-22 season.

Last week, Clippers sources indicated that there was a “there is a high possibility“That Kawhi Leonard could return before the 2021-22 season ends.

A week later, Clippers sources are now providing a more disappointing update. Not only is there “a healthy dose of skepticism” that Leonard will return to the floor this season, but it is clear the Clippers are “operating under the possibility that George may not return this season”, sources told know Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard could be sidelined for the rest of the Clippers season

Sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference, the Clippers currently lead 21-21 without two of their biggest stars. While there is excitement that Leonard could return if the Clippers continue on their way to the knockout stages, Leonard’s own reservations may be what keeps him from returning anytime soon – especially if the Clippers will miss out. after the season.

“He always played things methodically and cautiously,” said a source familiar with Leonard’s thinking. “I knew he was ahead of schedule [in his rehab], but I wouldn’t bet on it. Kawhi has always focused on the long term. If they’re not in the playoffs, I think the possibility of him coming back is slim. ”

George has been out of action since early December, when he tore his ulnar anterior cruciate ligament on December 6. George returned to action for two games on December 20 and 22, but he relapsed. and retired since then.

The Christmas Day update says George will be reevaluated in 3-4 weeks, but Clippers sources suggest that George is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season.

However, George and his friends are telling a different story to some extent. When Reggie Jackson asked George how, he replied that his elbow “feels good.” Of course, it’s entirely possible that his recovery could be on track and still not be able to handle the rigors of basketball before May.

At this point, it’s all speculation as to whether George or Leonard will return, but what’s certain is that the Clippers can use both to score more wins for better playoff seeding. Clippers believe Paul George may not return this season

Subhankar Mondal

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