This is really bad, folks. Paul George was just ruled out of the rest of the Clippers-Celtics game due to a left hamstring strain. Now, in a vacuum that injury wouldn’t be too bad. However, this is the 3rd time George will miss time with a hamstring injury, and as hamstring injuries are notoriously tricky, it seems clear that he’s just not quite fully right.

Of course, if there had to be a time for an injury, right before the All Star Break is the “best” time there is. George will have nine days off until the Clippers next week, plenty of time to get some much-needed rest. However, time is slowly running out. After the All Star Break, there’s only two months to the playoffs, and the team needs to get chemistry and momentum sooner or later. Every game George misses is another crucial opportunity missed to get that little bit better execution that comes with game reps and practice.

More worryingly, of course, is the ever-growing fear that George won’t be healthy much of the rest of the season. Sometimes hamstring injuries can linger until truly extended rest and rehab (which, in this case, would be over the summer), and with so many outbreaks of this injury this season, that might be the case with this one. If George isn’t healthy for the postseason, the Clippers will have a very, very difficult time winning a championship. The Clippers without George are very good, maybe even great. But they aren’t special, and they need to special in a year when there are so many extremely good teams in the NBA.

All we can do now at this point is wait on what the Clippers (and George) have to say, and hope that his injury will heal up completely some time soon.

9 Comments

  • Avatar ChrisD says:

    Time for Mook to step in and be the 20+ points per game scorer he wants to show off he is. We need his 3pt shooting big time now too. Get better PG.

    • Avatar Tollis Hill says:

      If Mook can get acclimated over the next 9 days, than any lingering affects from this can be mitigated. We talked about him fitting a role and it may be that we need him to be that too scorer.

  • Avatar Minion94 says:

    Hindsight is always 20/20 but man the Paul George trade looking real bad now

  • Avatar 8sp0rts8 says:

    what’s the point of load mgmt (not just for Kawhi), but as a team if the players are injury prone. Bev has been injured multiple times this season as well. i get that precautionary/extra rest during the regular season is supposed to keep the players fresh during the playoffs. but it doesn’t guarantee or prevent injuries from happening in the playoffs. with the injury history of some of these players this year, i’m losing confidence they’ll be able to stay healthy through 4 straight series in the playoffs.

  • Avatar John Maclean says:

    Unless you have some special intel this sounds more like precautionary than some injury bomb. While it’s certainly not good news it likely isn’t the death knell either. We’re not winning the #1 seed. We are currently 1 game out of the #2 seed. Denver and Utah have much tougher schedules than we do to close out the season. Morris looked good and so did Coffey. We should have more than enough to steady the ship and let him rest until absolutely necessary. Let’s shore up those last two roster spots over the next week and stay in the hunt. Sometimes finding the way forward without a great player can be a bonus when they do finally come back for the playoffs.

    • Avatar sjake says:

      Good post. I agree. We are going to see what this team (and Doc) is made of. If they are a championship contender, they will play well enough w/o PG to get #2 or #3 seed and they will go into playoffs with some of our 2nd tier guys having confidence that they can contribute if called upon.

      • Avatar Elton Bland says:

        I disagree. PG & Kawhi still haven’t built chemistry. Now Morris is going to get more shots. He needs to get used to being the 3rd or 4th option, not #2 option. I doubt he will want to revert back when playoffs start

  • Avatar KMarsh86 says:

    Need to sign a few more players to fill in so we don’t rush him back again!