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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Have No Timetable to Return to Clippers from Accidents

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Have No Timetable to Return to Clippers from Accidents

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) looks on with Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during a NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers on October 23, 2022 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Clippers will proceed to be with out their prime two gamers in the meanwhile.

Head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after Wednesday’s recreation in opposition to the Golden State Warriors there isn’t a timetable for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to return from their accidents.

George has missed the previous two video games with a strained proper hamstring tendon. The Athletic’s Law Murray reported Monday the seven-time All-Star can be reevaluated “within the subsequent couple of days.”

Leonard’s standing is probably extra regarding due to how restricted he is been this season. He did not play in opposition to the Warriors due to a sprained ankle suffered when he stepped on Amir Coffey’s foot late in Monday’s win over the Utah Jazz.

The 2-time NBA Finals MVP missed 13 of 14 video games, together with 12 straight from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15, due to stiffness in the identical knee he tore his ACL in throughout the 2021 playoffs.

The Clippers did get Leonard again for 3 consecutive video games from Nov. 17-21. He performed greater than 20 minutes in all three video games however solely averaged 8.3 factors per recreation on 40.7 % taking pictures.

In the course of the telecast of Wednesday’s recreation, ESPN’s Malika Andrews reported Leonard and George underwent therapy in Los Angeles and “neither participant is predicted to have this be a long-term absence.”

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Regardless of solely having Leonard accessible for 5 video games, the Clippers are off to a stable 11-8 begin. They’re sixth within the Western Convention on the power of a protection that ranks second in ranking (108.5) and third in factors allowed per recreation (106.8).

The Clippers will want Leonard and George to play at their peak, particularly on offense, to be title contenders. They’ve the third-worst offense within the NBA by ranking (107.9) and rank final in scoring common (106.2).

Los Angeles has back-to-back dwelling video games Friday in opposition to the Denver Nuggets and Sunday in opposition to the Indiana Pacers earlier than enjoying six of its subsequent seven video games on the street.

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