ESPN Sources: After imaging today, Clippers star Paul George has a sprained right knee and will be re-evaluated in 2-to-3 weeks.
The injury occurred while George was rebounding the ball and collided with Thunder wing Luguentz Dort. He appeared to severely hyperextend his knee, so to see a 2-3 week timeline is a huge relief.
Here’s the play where Paul George suffered what appears to be a leg injury. pic.twitter.com/k0JbXyrXvn— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) March 22, 2023
George will now miss the remainder of the Clippers’ regular season games, but a return during the 2023 NBA Playoffs cannot be ruled out until more is known about his recovery. The Clippers currently occupy the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference standings with a 38-35 record.
This season, George averaged 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. He also enjoyed his eighth career NBA All-Star selection. His absence will likely mean a larger role for guards Terance Mann and Eric Gordon moving forward.
The Portland Trail Blazers have one more matchup against the Clippers left on their schedule, but, barring some unforeseen recovery magic, George will not be available for the April 8 contest.