The Clippers expect George (elbow) to remain out for "a few more weeks," Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday on ESPN's "NBA Today." The Clippers haven't said much about George's prognosis since he initially suffered the sprained right elbow back in late December. Head coach Tyronn Lue said Monday that he didn't have any updates on the 31-year-old's status. There were rumblings earlier this month that George could miss the remainder of the season, and while that's still on the table, the Clippers hope that with additional rest, George could be back on the floor sometime around the All-Star break, per Wojnarowski. For now, fantasy managers have no choice but to wait and see how the situation plays out. At this stage, cutting George is far too risky.
Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue declined to provide an update Monday when asked when George (elbow) might be ready to resume playing, Mirjam Swanson of The Orange County Register reports. "Not anything we're ready to discuss right now, so really no update. He's still working out and rehabbing," Lue said. "But that's about it." Lue also disclosed that George has been away from the team in recent days after a close contact of his tested positive for COVID-19, though the star wing isn't believed to have contracted the virus. In any case, the lack of a clear update regarding where George stands in his recovery from a torn UCL in his right elbow suggests that he'll more than likely be out for the rest of January, and possibly through the All-Star break. At the time George was diagnosed with the injury Dec. 25, the Clippers announced that he would be re-evaluated 3-to-4 weeks later. Per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported at the time George was shut down with the injury that the Clippers had "no real sense of when, or if he'll play again this season," so the 31-year-old's timeline truly looks to be open-ended. Fantasy managers are left with little recourse at this stage but to continue holding George with the hope that he doesn't need season-ending surgery to address the injury.
George has suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow and will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. George just returned to play two games following a five-game absence due to an injury in the same elbow, which has apparently been aggravated. In his absence, Luke Kennard, Brandon Boston and Terance Mann should see increased run. Reggie Jackson (COVID-19 protocols) and Eric Bledsoe also figure to take on extra responsibilities.
George provided 17 points (6-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, six assists, one block and five steals over 32 minutes during Wednesday's 105-89 win over the Kings. George struggled with his shot throughout the contest, but he made up for the sub-par offensive game with a strong effort on the defensive end. The star forward's five thefts were his most since he registered eight steals Oct. 25, and George added a blocked shot to his stat line as well. He is tied for third in the league with 2.0 steals per contest on the season.
George contributed 25 points (8-18 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 6-7 FT), six rebounds, six assists and three steals in 30 minutes during Monday's 116-92 loss to the Spurs. George's return from a five-game absence didn't lead to a Los Angeles win, but it certainly served as reason to celebrate for fantasy managers. The veteran showed off his diverse skill set in the loss, leading the Clippers in scoring, assists and steals and placing third in rebounds. George will aim for a better team result next time out, but he appears to have not missed a beat despite his recent elbow injury.
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