UPDATE: Jan. 10, 8:57 p.m. — George aggravated his hamstring injury during practice Wednesday.
Clippers will re-evaluate Paul George after the weekend. They play against the Cavs on Tuesday and Magic on Thursday.— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 11, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 9, 8:19 p.m. — PG-13 will not play Friday vs. the Golden State Warriors.
George missed Saturday's game against the Grizzlies with hamstring tightness, but returned against the Knicks, scoring 32 points in 26 minutes. After four days off, looks like he's not good enough to go tomorrow. Being ruled out a day in advance is also a little concerning.— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 10, 2020
So with PG out, Kawhi is looking like a good GPP play for Friday’s slate. We should see Patrick Patterson start in place of George again as well.
UPDATE: Jan. 5, 3:12 p.m. — Here’s who will start for the Clippers vs. the Knicks.
Clippers starters vs. New York:— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 5, 2020
UPDATE: Jan. 5, 1:52 p.m. — George and Beverley will both play vs. the Knicks.
Doc Rivers said Patrick Beverley and Paul George will both play today vs the Knicks. Kawhi Leonard sitting out on the second day of back to back.— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 5, 2020
With Beverley back, Derrick Walton Jr. won’t be in the starting lineup. Rivers likes to start Patrick Patterson in the front court, so we could see a lineup of Beverley, Landry Shamet, George, Patterson and Ivica Zubac to start vs. New York. Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams are still strong plays off the bench.
UPDATE, Jan. 5, 1:18 p.m. — George is being listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the New York Knicks. Patrick Beverley is also questionable, while Kawhi Leonard (rest; knee) has already been ruled out.
Clippers say Paul George and Patrick Beverley are questionable to play today against the Knicks. Kawhi Leonard is out.— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 5, 2020
UPDATE, Jan. 4, 3:11 p.m. — Derrick Walton Jr. will start in place of George this afternoon vs. Memphis.
Clippers starters:— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 4, 2020
Derrick Walton Jr.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
UPDATE, Jan. 4, 1:52 p.m. — George has been ruled out for Saturday’s game vs. the Grizzlies.
Paul George is out today against Memphis with tightness in his left hamstring. Doc Rivers said George could play tomorrow against the Knicks.— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) January 4, 2020
Clippers coach Doc Rivers did hint that George could return to the lineup Sunday against the New York Knicks. With PG out vs. Memphis, Kawhi Leonard is an elite GPP play on DraftKings on the early slate at $10,100. Lou Williams ($7,700) should also see more usage as well as Montrezl Harrell ($6,900).
UPDATE: George is listed as doubtful for Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.
Patrick Beverley will not play Saturday against Memphis due to his right wrist sprain, and Paul George (left hamstring tightness) is listed as doubtful by the Clippers.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) January 4, 2020
So with George doubtful to play, we can expect Kawhi Leonard to be a very trendy DFS option on Saturday’s slate. The Grizzlies are an inferior team, but without George maybe they can keep this one close. If it isn’t close, chances are it’s because of Kawhi. I also don’t mind rolling with Moe Harkless or Lou Williams in this spot. Patrick Beverley is likely out again and the Clippers are down two ball-handlers.
UPDATE: Paul George will not return to Thursday’s game vs. the Pistons.
Paul George has officially been ruled out for the rest of the game. The Clippers don't really need him tonight, anyway, leading 106-79 after three quarters.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) January 3, 2020
Like the tweet says, the Clips don’t really need PG-13 up so huge, so they’re better served being cautious here. We’ll see what George’s status is moving forward. Chances are he may be questionable to play next game and could sit out for some extra rest. Kawhi takes the reins of the team with no PG on the court.
#Clippers Paul George (left hamstring tightness) is questionable to return.— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) January 3, 2020
George had 12 points with three rebounds and three assists before exiting due to the injury. The Clippers are leading in the third quarter, but that game is still within reach for Detroit, so there’s a chance George may come back. Still, you’d think the Clippers would be cautious with their All-Star forward.
Kawhi Leonard has 16 points, five rebounds and five assists and will have to take control the rest of the game. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell should be asked to do more on offense as well. The Clips are already thin at guard with Patrick Beverley sidelined, so if this ends up holding George out for a game, that would be less than ideal.