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Los Angeles Clippers injury report for first round of 2023 NBA playoffs

Here’s a look at which players are dealing with issues for the Clippers in the first round.

Los Angeles Clippers v Phoenix Suns
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 16: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers defends Josh Okogie #2 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on February 16, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Clippers defeated the Suns 116-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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With the 2022-23 regular season in the books, we can now shift our focus toward the NBA playoffs. While other teams around the league await their opponent through the play-in games, the No. 4 Phoenix Suns (45-37) and No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers (44-38) are locked into an opening round playoff series. Still, with injuries being a prevalent theme for both sides all year long, which version of the Clips will show up in the first round?

Let’s take a look at the Clippers injury report and how it may impact the series.

Clippers injury report

April 14 update - Head coach Tyronn Lue said George will not play until his knee injury has recovered fully, which means there’s a chance he doesn’t come back for the first round at all.

Most notably, LA has been without All-Star Paul George since March 21. In those nine games, the Clips are 6-3. Overall on the season, the Clippers are 12-14 without George in the lineup. As it is now, reports say George will at least miss the beginning of the opening series with the Suns.

Aside from PG-13, Los Angeles may also be without Marcus Morris Sr., who missed the final game of the regular season with back issues. We’ll see what the Clips look like after a week of rest. In better news (and in what also feels rare), superstar Kawhi Leonard looks physically primed for a postseason run; He is currently without injury designation for the playoffs.