December 21 update: George is not on the injury report ahead of the team’s game Wednesday against the Kings, so he’s set to return to the court.
December 18 update: George is officially out for Saturday’s game.
December 18 update: George is not expected to play in Saturday’s game but there will be official confirmation closer to tipoff.
December 17 update: George is officially questionable for Saturday’s game against the Thunder with an elbow injury. He hasn’t been immediately ruled out, so this is a positive development for the forward.
December 15 update: George has been ruled out of Wednesday’s game, making in the fourth game he has missed with the injury.
December 14 update: George is officially questionable for Wednesday’s contest against the Jazz with an elbow injury. This doesn’t seem to be a routine issue, as George has missed three games now with the injury.
December 10 update: There will be no gamesmanship for Saturday’s contest. The Clippers have ruled George out for this game against the Magic with an elbow injury.
10:00 p.m. update: After a heavy period of gamesmanship, the Clippers have officially ruled George out Wednesday with an elbow injury.
8:45 p.m. update: George is officially a game-time decision now Wednesday against the Celtics.
Los Angeles Clippers SG Paul George is being listed as questionable to play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Boston Celtics due to an elbow injury. PG-13 popped up on the 5:30 p.m. ET NBA injury report. He didn’t have a designation earlier in the day. We’ve got a few hours before lock and this game won’t tip-off until 10:30 p.m. ET.
George scored 21 points in 39 minutes in a 102-90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. His scoring has been down a bit during that three-game road trip as the Clippers head back home to face Boston. If PG is held out, it’ll have a pretty big impact on how we approach the NBA DFS slate on DraftKings and the betting lines on DKSB.
Fantasy basketball impact
If PG sits, the Clippers have a few chalk plays to consider. The first would be PG Reggie Jackson ($6,000), who would become the go-to scorer. Jackson makes more sense as a mid-range play in tournaments and his ownership may be more suppressed since lineups would have to pivot onto him after the George news later tonight. That could give you a built-in edge over the field, though expect sharper lineups to pivot.
The other names Ivica Zubac ($4,900), Marcus Morris ($4,800) and Luke Kennard ($4,200). All three are strong value options. You could make a case for playing all three prior to this news. If George is out, it only increases their value for the loaded slate. One of those three will be a strong option and give you some nice leverage.
Prior to the news, the Clippers were favored by 3 points at home and were seeing most of the action on the spread. LA was also seeing 54% of the handle on DKSB but a higher percentage of the bets were on the Celtics ML. This feels like a wait-and-see situation. If PG-13 is out, get ready to get on the Celtics. If PG ends up playing, the Clippers have some value with Jaylen Brown sidelined for Boston.