In the pregame of their rematch against the Oklahoma City Thunder this Thursday, coach Ty Lue provided some significant news around Paul George.
Per Lue, Wednesday imaging has shown that George evaded serious damage and ligament tears in his right knee (h/t Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Greif). With that, a surgery is not on the table to help him recover.
George will be re-evaluated at the end of the two to three weeks of timeline given to him, but a return for a potential first-round playoff series with the Clippers could be “overly optimistic.” For now, Eric Gordon will fill the All-Star’s position on the team’s starting unit until the regular season.
It was announced Wednesday that George will be out due to a knee sprain – which was determined by his recent MRI. He sustained it on the Clippers’ 101-100 Tuesday loss against the Thunder.
L.A. will certainly embrace the challenge without George’s star production, as they have the tenth strongest regular season schedule remaining per Tankathon. With nine games left, the club is determined to hold their position of the West’s fifth-seed.