Will Paul George & Kawhi Leonard Play Tonight? Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 02/19/2021, 2:13 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


The LA Clippers suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Utah Jazz in their last game. With this defeat, they now have a record of 21 wins and 9 losses and are the third seed in the Conference.

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The Jazz, meanwhile, cruised to their ninth win in a row. With a record of 24 wins and 5 losses, the Utah Jazz have surpassed everyone’s expectations and are the best team in the NBA.

The Clippers face the Jazz for the second time in three days tonight at 10 PM EST. Take a look at the injury reports and the probable lineups of the teams.

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Los Angeles Clippers’ injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers were crushed as the Jazz defeated them 114-96. Without their superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers fell flat against a talented Jazz side.

The Clippers have some major injury concerns ahead of their second game against the Jazz. Jay Scrubb, their backup shooting guard, is suffering from a foot injury and is out against the Jazz. Forward Nicolas Batum, who suffered from a concussion against the Bulls, is also out. Guard Luke Kennard is also unavailable as he is recovering from a knee problem.

Feb 2, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) knocks a pass away from Brooklyn Nets power forward Jeff Green (8) in front of Clippers point guard Reggie Jackson (1) and Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Superstar Paul George is also sidelined against the Jazz as he recovers from a foot injury while Kawhi Leonard is out from a left leg contusion.

The Clippers are plagued by multiple injuries and face a very tough Jazz side. Their role players like Morris and Williams fell flat the last time. Can they bring their ‘A’ game against the Jazz?

Probable Lineup

Patrick Beverley (G)

Lou Williams (G)

Reggie Jackson (F)

Marcus Morris (F)

Serge Ibaka (C)

Utah Jazz injury updates and predicted lineup

The Utah Jazz have been in blazing form with nine wins in a row and have already defeated a depleted Clippers side. They have now won 20 of the last 21 games they have played. The best thing for the Jazz has been their balanced roster.

Jan 27, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) reacts with guard Miye Oni (81) and forward Georges Niang (31) after a three-pointer in the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz have some minor injury issues. Rookies Elijah Hughes and Udoka Azubuike are out with ankle injuries while veteran point guard Mike Conley is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The Jazz will be determined to win their second successive game against the injury-laden Clippers.

Probable Lineup

Donovan Mitchell (G)

Joe Ingles (G)

Bojan Bogdanovic (F)

Royce O’Neale (F)

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Rudy Gobert (C)

Predictions

The Jazz have arguably been the best team in the NBA with the best record in the league so far. They had a comfortable victory against the Clippers in their last game. Given the thunderous form the Jazz are in, they are the favorites to win against the depleted Clippers side.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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