LA Clippers Coach Ty Lue Gives Major Injury Update on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George

Published 02/16/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is tended to after an injury during a play in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


Of late, the Los Angeles Clippers have been riddled with injuries. The likes of Pat Beverley, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard did not take to the court for their 125-118 win over the Miami Heat. However, they may be back soon, if we are to believe their head coach, Ty Lue.

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Paul George has been missing for the last 10 days because of a foot injury while Kawhi Leonard recently suffered a foot contusion. Whereas Patrick Beverley has come back after a month-long absence, so they are easing him back into the action.

LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates with forward Montrezl Harrell (left) and guard Patrick Beverley (21) and head coach Doc Rivers after defeating the Denver Nuggets in game three of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“Well, they are doing better. You know, I think we saw Pat play last night. Just being cautious and holding out of back-to-back,” Lue said in the post-match press conference.

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“But PG (Paul George) is getting better and Kawhi is, I guess, working his way towards getting better. So, the guys are doing better and we just need to get all the guys on the court at the same time. That’s what we are looking forward to.”

LA Clippers are flexing their bench muscle in Kawhi Leonard & Paul George’s absence

It is not like the Clippers are missing the duo too much either. So far, they have been able to cope up well without them. In their absence, the likes of Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris, and Lou Williams came into the starting lineup against the Miami Heat.

Morris recorded a season-high 32 points while Ivica Zubac bossed Bam Adebayo to provide 22 points from the bench. Ty Lue was happy to see the others step up –

“I just think that you got to continue to keep building the good habits. I think I’m playing the right way, sharing the basketball like last night we had 31 assists without PG and Kawhi on the floor. So, we are just trying to do the right thing and playing the right way; building a great foundation offensively and defensively.”

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Great 2nd half from Zu! Clippers win despite being without 4 starters tonight. https://t.co/fJaO7B6d2i

— Kristina Pink (@Kristina_Pink) February 16, 2021

The other NBA teams should now be wary of them. They have arguably the best depth of any team this season, and they seemed to have overcome their deficiencies from last season. We may finally see the Lakers-Clippers West Finals that we have all have been waiting for.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.

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