Tuesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder ended in a potentially disastrous loss for them. Paul George collided with Thunder player Lu Dort while trying for a rebound with just 4 minutes, 38 seconds left in the contest, seeming to suffer a leg injury. While the extent of the injury is not yet known, George needed assistance leaving the court and was spotted having difficulty bearing weight on his leg.
Tyronn Lue, the coach of the Clippers, said there was no update on George’s condition after the game since he was still being assessed. According to the Associated Press, George was seen exiting the arena while riding on the back of a cart with his right leg outstretched. Patrick Beverley, George’s teammate on the Clippers, tweeted his encouragement and best wishes for a quick recovery.
George finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, and five assists before suffering an injury. He has been averaging 23.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game this season, and the Clippers are much more effective when he is on the floor.
Despite George’s absence, the game itself was dramatic, with a technical foul for Kawhi Leonard, Terrence Mann being ejected, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scoring 31 points, and Lou Dort’s lockdown defence on Leonard in the closing seconds. In the end, the Thunder defeated the Clippers 101-100 to win the game.
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