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

Published 02/14/2021, 6:32 PM EST
Jan 31, 2021; New York, New York, USA; LA Clippers shooting guard Paul George (13) controls the ball against New York Knicks shooting guard Alec Burks (18) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers won their 18th game of the season as they cruised past through a hapless Chicago Bulls beating them 125-109. Vintage performances from the likes of Lou Williams and Marcus Morris propelled the team to their second successive win.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers on the other hand suffered from their sixth loss in a row as they were beaten by the Blazers 129-110. Despite the return of key players like Darius Garland and Colin Sexton, the Cavs have suddenly vanished from the playoff contention.

The Clippers face off against the Cavaliers tonight at 10 PM EST. Take a look at the predicted lineups and the injury updates.

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Los Angeles Clippers injury updates and predicted lineup

After suffering two embarrassing losses, the LA Clippers have bounced back in their last two games with back-to-back victories. They now have a record of 18 wins and 8 losses and are the third seed in the Western Conference.

Injuries surely haven’t helped their cause. They have some major injury concerns ahead of their game against the Kings. Jay Scrubb, their backup shooting guard, is suffering from a foot injury and superstar Paul George is also sidelined against the Cavs as he recovers from a foot injury.

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

The Clippers had a comfortable victory last time they faced the Cavs. They will hope that they can replicate the same and improve their record to 2-0 against the Cavs.

Probable Lineup

Reggie Jackson (G)

Patrick Beverley (G)

Kawhi Leonard (F)

Nicolas Batum (F)

Serge Ibaka (C)

Cleveland Cavaliers injury updates and lineup prediction

The Cleveland Cavaliers, who were in playoff contention in the month of January, have fizzled out of the top 8 spots in the month of February. Ever since their loss to the Clippers, they have been on a six game losing streak.

The Cavaliers have some injury concerns as their forward Kevin Love is sidelined with a calf injury. Their veteran guard Matthew Dellavedova is also out against the Lakers with a back injury and forward Larry Nance Jr. is also sidelined with a finger injury.

Jan 4, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) passes at the last second from pressure under Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and guard Dwayne Bacon (8) and guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) as Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) looks on during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavs face a Western Conference juggernaut in the Clippers, and will need a special performance if they want to break their unwanted streak.

Probable Lineup

Collin Sexton (G)

Darius Garland (G)

Taurean Prince (F)

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Issac Okoro (F)

Andre Drummond (C)

Predictions

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The Clippers might be missing Paul George, but have seen other stars like Lou Williams and Marcus Morris contribute to the team’s offense. LAC have too much quality on the court and given the dismal form the Cavs are in, the Clippers are heavy favorites to win this game.

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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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