BREAKING: Los Angeles Clippers Lose All-Star Paul George To Long Term Injury

Published 12/25/2021, 6:54 PM EST
Nov 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) questions a foul call during the second half against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Kawhi Leonard has not played a single game this season. Nearing the halfway point of the campaign, Los Angeles Clippers was still recovering from the shock of losing an All-Star to a long-term injury. Yet somehow they were competing at a high level. A significant amount of credit for that goes to Paul George who had an incredible season so far.

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His incredible performance even put him in the discussion for MVP so far this season. Unfortunately for Clippers fans, sources have confirmed that Paul George is now sidelined because of a long-term injury (torn ligament).

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Los Angeles Clippers face a major setback as Paul George gets sidelined

Paul George who was undoubtedly the best player for the Clippers this season is now expected to be out for 3-to-4 weeks. He has torn a ligament in his right elbow and will no longer be available to the team. This comes after an impressive start to the season for the Clippers who maintained the fifth seed even without Kawhi Leonard.

Mar 14, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) react to a play from the bench against New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

This news comes as a major dent in their championship ambitions. Kawhi was already sidelined but looks healthy now to soon return. However, it was his partnership with George that gave the Clippers fans any hope for a championship.

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While Paul George was performing at an MVP caliber, his absence would also mean the loss of a leader in the roster.

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What does this mean for PG and the Clippers?

Considering that in the absence of these All-Star caliber players, veterans like Eric Bledsoe and Serge Ibaka may have to step up. Nevertheless, this is nothing but worrying news for Clippers fans. For almost the entirety of the next month, they will not have a star player to heavily rely upon on the court. In an era of super teams, such a team does not have the odds in their favor to maintain a playoff spot.

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Is it possible that they somehow maintain a playoff spot till another month so that George does not have a mammoth task which he may have to complete alone? What if Kawhi comes back by the time George returns? Do you think they will still be championship contenders? Will it be too late then? Let us know what you think about it.

 

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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