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Clippers Injury Report: Concerns Mount Over Paul George, as Russell Westbrook’s Status Revealed Before Bucks Clash

Published 03/04/2024, 1:06 PM EST

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Los Angeles Clippers are facing a growing injury concern with their star forward Paul George, as they prepare to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. George has been battling a left knee meniscus irritation throughout the season, and the issue flared up again recently, causing him to miss the last two games.

In a recent interview, George addressed his absence, stating, “It was tough taking time off, but jumping right back in after a couple of days off for rest kind of flared things up. I was already dealing with knee soreness and stiffness going into the break, so it was a tough balance of getting rest and letting my body calm down while also ramping it back up for workouts.”

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He added, “I had a bit of a setback after the Oklahoma game when I got stepped on, and although I played through it for the Memphis game, I knew I needed to rest after that. It feels better now, and hopefully, I’ll be back soon. It wasn’t anything serious, just knee soreness.

George’s knee issue has become a source of concern for the Clippers. He has already missed several games this season because of various injuries. Adding to the Clippers’ injured list is confirmed absence of Russell Westbrook for the game against Bucks. Westbrook will miss the game against Bucks because of left-hand fracture suffered during Friday’s matchup with Wizard.

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Predicted Lineups: Milwaukee Bucks vs LA Clippers

Bucks sit comfortably at a 2nd place in Eastern Conference with 40-21 record. They boast a league-leading offense, averaging 115.1 points per game, while their defense allows 108.9 points per game. They have won 7 out of their last 10 games. And they enter the game on 5 game winning streak. This is how they could line up: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez.

The Clippers currently hold a 39-20 record, placing them fourth in the Western Conference. They have won 5 out their last 10 games. They have been inconsistent. They boast the league’s eighth-best offense, averaging 114.1 points per game. However, their defense has been inconsistent, ranking 19th in the league, allowing 112.8 points per game. This is how they could line up: Reggie Jackson, Norman Powell, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Morris, Ivica Zubac.

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This matchup promises to be an exciting battle between two playoff contenders. The Clippers will need to use their depth and fighting spirit to overcome the Bucks’ star power and home-court advantage. The outcome of the game could have significant implications for both teams’ playoff positioning.

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