Published 11:05 PM EST Jan 10, 2020
LOS ANGELES – Clippers forward Paul George will miss at least the next two games because of a strained left hamstring that Clippers coach Doc Rivers considered to be “mild.”
“He’ll be back,” Rivers said. “We’ll keep evaluating him. He’ll be back soon, I think.”
The Clippers do not know definitively. George will sit out when the Clippers (26-12) host the Golden State Warriors (9-30) on Friday at Staples Center, and will not travel for Sunday’s game in Denver. Then, the Clippers plan to re-evaluate George for Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center.
George originally strained his left hamstring against against Detroit on Jan. 2, prompting the Clippers to sit him for the fourth quarter against the Pistons and against Memphis on Jan. 4. George then aggravated his left hamstring in Wednesday’s practice. Rivers recalled that George told him “he felt something” after being guarded in a scrimmage, which prompted Rivers to have George see the team’s training staff.
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That leaves the Clippers with potentially needing to monitor both George and Kawhi Leonard, who has yet to play a full set of back-to-backs this season as part of the team’s load management program to ensure his left knee stays healthy.
“I thought of Allen Iverson immediately. Why do we practice?” Rivers said. “You get disappointed for about five minutes and then you get over it. This happens to teams.”
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