After suffering a right knee/leg injury late in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Paul George was forced to exit Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Although it didn’t look good, Los Angeles must hope that Paul George’s injury is not too serious because a protracted absence for the versatile forward may very well spell the end of the Clippers’ quest for a title. The Los Angeles Clippers are worried about the health of one of its best players, which is concerning for a team that has been waiting all season to prove its championship mettle.
Paul George’s absence would be catastrophic for the Clippers, especially in light of the fact that they have dealt with a number of significant ailments over the years that have hindered their ability to compete for a title.
In 35 minutes of play on Tuesday, Paul George ended with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
With 4:38 left, the star guard stepped onto the court after Luguentz Dort fouled him. Before being brought to his feet, he spent some minutes lying on his back. George 메이저사이트 made his way to the locker room while being supported by assistance on either side, despite not being able to put any weight on his right leg.
“I went up for the rebound, kind of hit his leg,” Dort said. “I didn’t do it on purpose, definitely an accident.”
The official later apologized, according to Leonard, who received a technical as well. However, the technicals were given so quickly that his teammates were startled.
Later, George was spotted riding a cart away from the arena while his damaged right leg was extended. If George should in fact sustain a serious injury, the Clippers would be dealt a fatal blow.
After George was injured, the score was knotted at 91 all. Before the Thunder scored six baskets in a row to take a 97-93 lead, Leonard scored for the Thunder. On a jump shot, Nicolas Batum brought the Clippers within 101-100. With 30 seconds remaining, the Clippers lost a coach’s challenge of an out-of-bounds call. Leonard snatched the rebound as the Thunder attempted an inbound but missed the shot.
Throughout the third, the teams maintained a close race. The Thunder entered the fourth quarter down 81-80 thanks to the final 10 points scored by Gilgeous-Alexander. When the game began, the Clippers had a 14-point advantage. They went on an 18-4 run to start, but the Thunder quickly tied it up.
Meanwhile, In his postgame press conference, Clippers coach Ty Lue informed the media that physicians were still evaluating George and that he had not yet spoken with his star player.
“Next man up,” Leonard said about the possibility of playing without George. “We got a group of guys that still want to win, like to play basketball, so we’ll see what happens.”
George is one of the NBA‘s most dynamic two-way players when he’s healthy. Regrettably, he has had injury problems in the past as well as this season. George shattered two bones in his right leg playing for Team USA in a World Cup scrimmage in August of 2014, but he came back to participate in the remaining six games of the 2014–15 campaign. In addition, a knee ailment earlier this season kept him out for a while, and he was only able to play in 31 games the previous year because of an elbow issue.
George remarked during the Clippers’ victory over the Grizzlies on March 5 that “I can actually hoop. I had a hard time planting and pushing off for a long time. But now my 토토사이트 body feels pretty good. So I feel like I can do things that I haven’t been able to do pretty much for the whole season.”