The Clippers were already facing an uphill climb to start the 2021-22 season with Kawhi Leonard sidelined indefinitely. The two-time NBA Finals MVP suffered a partially torn ACL during the 2021 NBA playoffs and has not been given a specific return timeline since undergoing surgery last year.
Now Los Angeles is trying to stay afloat without the services of its second-best player. All-Star forward Paul George is currently out of the rotation as he allows a right elbow injury to heal. The 31-year-old could return to the pitch later this season but major surgery is not yet ruled out.
Here’s everything we know about Paul George’s injury and the latest news on when he can return to the pitch.
Paul George injury timeline
George suffered a sprained right elbow during the Clippers’ 102-90 win over the Trail Blazers. He finished that game with 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
George missed the next five Clippers games to rest his injured elbow. Los Angeles won three straight home games against Boston, Orlando and Phoenix before losing two road games against Utah and Oklahoma City.
George returned for a home game against the Spurs, scoring 25 points in a 116-92 loss. He also played in the Clippers’ next game against the Kings, putting up 17 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds in a 105-89 win.
The Clippers announced that George suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and would be re-evaluated in January.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report reported the Clippers are “operating on the possibility” that George will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that George will be out “for a few more weeks.”
On the podcast “Brian Windhorst and The Hoop Collective”ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that surgery is a “real option” for George.
“It’s almost like I’m expecting bad news on Paul George because it just, you know, it seems like surgery is a real option there,” Windhorst said. “And if you have that, you’re done for the year.”
Paul George 2021-22 Stats, Recap
- 24.7 points per game
- 7.1 rebounds per game
- 5.5 assists per game
- 2.0 steals per game
- 0.4 blocks per game
- 4.2 turnovers per game
- 35.5 minutes per game
- 42.1 percent shooting
- 32.3 percent shooting from 3 points
- 88.0 percent free throw shooting