After completing the 8thth As a Western Conference regular, the Los Angeles Clippers depended heavily on players like Paul George to inspire the team in Kawhi Leonard’s absence. But the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to defeat Clippers in the final quarter of their play-in contest and send them into an eliminator against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Given the form of CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram and other players, Clippers were expected to throw the kitchen sink at the opponent while Paul George fired from all guns. But sadly, the 31-year-old has been banned from that particular competition as he entered NBA health and safety protocol, a team spokesman announced on Thursday.
Paul George misses the duel of the pelicans
Dennis Rogers announced that Paul George is unavailable for the playoff at the Crypto.com Arena.
“We are truly sorry for Paul and hope for a speedy recovery.” Lawrence Frank, President of Basketball Operations, confirmed George’s status for the eliminator at Crypto.com Arena, as quoted by Fox Sports.
George’s absence is a major blow to the Clippers’ hopes of reaching the playoffs. They must win to earn the #8 and a first round matchup with the Phoenix Suns. Talking statistically scored 34 points in Tuesday’s first play-in game in a 109-104 loss in Minnesota. That loss cost the Clippers the No. 7 seed and a first-round matchup against the resilient Memphis Grizzlies.
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Now that Paul George is out of the competition, the likes of Reggie Jackson, Robert Covington, Luke Kennard and Marcus Morris Sr. must deliver at all costs. That being said, PG13 missed a total of 43 games (consecutive) in the 2021-22 season. Also, he only played in 31 of 82 regular-season games this season, and the Clippers went 18-13 in those games. Without George, LA posted a 24-27 record, just a notch below .500. Will the Clippers secure the team a place in the playoffs? Remains to be seen.
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