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Paul George injury timeline: Will the Clippers star return or miss the rest of the 2021-22 season?

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Paul George injury timeline: Will the Clippers star return or miss the rest of the 2021-22 season?

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The Clippers were already facing a tough climb to start the 2021-22 season with Kawhi Leonard sidelined indefinitely. The two-time NBA Finals MVP suffered a partial ACL tear during the 2021 NBA playoffs and has not been given a specific return schedule since undergoing surgery last year.

Now Los Angeles is trying to stay afloat without the services of its second best player. 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 ground later this season but major surgery hasn’t been ruled out yet.

Here’s everything we know about Paul George’s injury and the latest on when he could return to the pitch.

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Timeline of Paul George’s injuries

— December 6, 2021: George suffered a sprained right elbow in the Clippers’ 102-90 win over the Trail Blazers. He finished that game with 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

— 7-19 Dec. 2021: George missed the Clippers’ next five games to rest his injured elbow. Los Angeles won three straight home games against Boston, Orlando and Phoenix before losing two away games to Utah and Oklahoma City.

— 20-22 Dec. 2021: George returned for a home game against Spurs, scoring 25 points in a 116-92 loss. He also played in the Clippers’ next game against the Kings, posting 17 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds in a 105-89 victory.

— December 25, 2021: The Clippers announced that George suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be re-evaluated in January.

— January 12, 2022: Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported that the Clippers are “operating under the possibility” that George could miss the rest of the 2021-22 season.

— January 18, 2022: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced that George would be out for “a few more weeks”.

— January 25, 2021: On the “Brian Windhorst and The Hoop Collective” podcast, 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 they just, you know – it looks like surgery is a real option there,” Windhorst said. “And if he has that, he’s done for the year.”

Stats, highlights of Paul George 2021-22

  • 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% shots
  • 32.3% 3-point shooting
  • 88.0% free throws



Paul George injury timeline: Will the Clippers star return or miss the rest of the 2021-22 season?

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