Paul George Injury: Clippers Guard Likely Done for Season After Exit vs. Thunder

Paul George injury update for Los Angeles Clippers.
Paul George injury update for Los Angeles Clippers. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George suffered a significant right knee injury in Tuesday night’s 101-100 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

By video, George suffered a right knee hyperextension with the concern of at least a partial ligament tear involving the PCL, according to the Pro Basketball Docs. George also likely suffered a bone bruise which will require weeks to heal.

Paul George Injury Update

George will undergo an MRI soon to evaluate the damage. There’s hope he can avoid surgery, but his regular season is likely finished.

With the first round of the playoffs starting on April 15, George will not be available unless the Clippers make a deep run.

George suffered the injury on a rebound when his right knee was inadvertently bumped by OKC guard Lu Dort. He limped to the locker room with the help of two trainers and did not return.

After the game, head coach Ty Lue said George was still being evaluated. George reportedly left the arena on the back of a cart with his right leg extended.

The Clippers (38-35) currently hold the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference with nine games remaining. Los Angeles is a game up on the sixth-place Warriors and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.

George, in his 13th season in the league and fourth with LA, leads the team in scoring with 23.9 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field and 37.5% from 3-point range.

Recent addition Russell Westbrook may be in line for a bigger offensive role along with Eric Gordon and Norman Powell.

Los Angeles Clippers NBA Finals Odds

As of Wednesday, the Clippers had the eighth-best odds to win the finals at +2300, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Milwaukee Bucks are the favorites at +280 followed by the Boston Celtics at +320.

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