Will Paul George Play Tonight? Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Clippers: Injury Update, Lineup and Game Prediction

Published 02/05/2021, 7:51 PM EST
Jan 29, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) shoots the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the third quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers, who recently had lost against the Nets, defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers and got back to winning ways. They have cemented themselves as a Western Conference juggernaut, as they have the second best record in the league right now.

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The Celtics, who were coming off of a great victory against the Warriors, suffered from a crushing five point defeat against the Sacramento Kings. Given their performance against the Warriors, the Celtics will be disappointed to suffer from the ninth loss of their season.

The Clippers face off against the Celtics tonight at 10:00 PM EST. Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and the injury list of both the teams.

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Los Angeles Clippers injury updates and predicted lineup

The Clippers have bounced back in some style. After a close defeat to the Nets, the Clippers crushed the Cavaliers in their previous game, beating them 121-99. They now have a record of seventeen wins in the twenty-three they have played.

Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates with forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during a timeout in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

They have some injury concerns ahead of their game against the Celtics. Jay Scrubb, their backup shooting guard, is suffering from a foot injury and point guard Patrick Beverley is also sidelined with a knee injury.

The Clippers have been an amazing team all-round, led by the duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. They will hope that they can defeat the Celtics and maintain their good form.

Probable Lineup

Reggie Jackson (G)

Paul George (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Nicolas Batum (F)

Serge Ibaka (C)

Boston Celtics injury updates and predicted lineup

The Boston Celtics have lost three of the last five games they have played. Their recent loss to the Kings was especially disappointing considering the amount of talent the Celtics have.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0), guard Jeff Teague (55), and guard Jaylen Brown (7) celebrate after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics have some major injury concerns ahead of their game against the Clippers. Starting guard Marcus Smart is out with a calf strain, backup center Tacko Fall is out with a knee injury, and guard Romeo Langford is also out with a wrist injury. Rookie guard Payton Pritchard and star guard Jaylen Brown are questionable against the Clippers as they recover from knee injuries.

With Marcus Smart out, the Celtics will be heavily dependent on the duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. If the Celtics want to be triumphant against the Clippers, both Brown and Tatum have to produce amazing performances.

Predicted Lineup

Kemba Walker (G)

Jaylen Brown (G)

Tristan Thompson (F)

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Jayson Tatum (F)

Daniel Theis (C)

Predictions

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The Los Angeles Clippers are have looked like an all-round side, and their performance against the Cavs was testament to that. Given how dominant they have looked with Kawhi and Paul, they are the favorites against the Celtics.

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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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