Paul George will miss Friday’s play-in game against the Pelicans after entering NBA health and safety protocols.
The Los Angeles Clippers will lose their best player this season. Paul George will miss Friday’s play-in game against the New Orleans Pelicans after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols for COVID symptoms.
With the Clippers’ season already at stake, losing George could cost the Clippers a chance to make the playoffs. In the first play-in tournament, George amassed 34 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves and his absence will be critical to the Clippers’ chances of beating the Pelicans and making it to the first round of the playoffs.
The Clippers have now lost Paul George and Kawhi Leonard and will have to rely on the rest of the team to pull through the final play-in game to improve their playoff chances.
Friday night’s game will determine eighth place in the Western Conference and who will take on the Phoneix Suns in the first round.
Paul George out: NBA fans react
Fans have shared their reactions to George’s absence on Twitter and fans have had mixed reactions to George’s absence. You can read some fans’ tweets below, starting with some jokingly saying they sent someone to cough up Paul George.
Other Clipper fans share their frustration with the play-in tournament and how exposure to COVID can make or break the Clipper’s chances.
Then there are some fans like Bill Simmons who think the Clippers are just cursed.
And of course there will be Clipper fans who poke fun at Reggie Jackson and the NBA’s efforts to keep the George from playing.
Paul George’s sudden absence from play-in play doesn’t mean the Clippers’ chances of beating the Pelicans will be wiped out. The Clippers are used to losing their two star players and still managed to win six Pelicans games in the regular season. George has suffered a significant loss of playing time this season after missing 51 games earlier this season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
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