Clippers’ Paul George to miss at least two games with hamstring strain

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ LOS ANGELESCoach Doc Rivers said Paul George approached him during Wednesday’s practice to let him know he felt something off with his left hamstring, tightness which caused him to miss Saturday’s loss against the Memphis Grizzlies.Rivers sent the Clippers’ All-Star forward over to team trainers for a look. The result: George missed Thursday’s practice and Friday’s game. He also will miss the forthcoming trip to Denver for a game Sunday.“Just guarding,” Rivers said of what George was doing when his hamstring started to hurt, adding that George felt fine after playing in Sunday’s victory over the New York Knicks, a game teammate Kawhi Leonard missed on account of injury management. “Nothing violent, which you knew it wasn’t bad. He felt something and he walked over to me and said, ‘I think I feel something in my hamstring.’“Being a doctor,” Rivers joked, “I said, ‘I think you should go see a trainer.’”Rivers – who is not an actual doctor, despite his nickname – said he doesn’t expect George to miss much time.After waiting 11 games to make his season debut while he finished rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgeries, the 6-foot-8 Palmdale native is averaging 23.5 points, 6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his first 26 games as a Clipper.“I actually thought I’d see him the next day (at Thursday’s practice) and then I realized it was a real hamstring,” Rivers said. “You get disappointed for about five minutes and then you get over it. This happens to teams, and it shouldn’t be an excuse not to keep getting better. Does it hurt us in ways that you probably can’t see? Yeah, it does, but we’ll figure it out. I have no doubt about that. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “No, because when other teams were hurt and they were preparing for teams, they didn’t really give a (care),” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “They were coming in here and taking care of business. That’s our mindset also.”Furthermore, Beverley said, the Clippers ought to be prepared for a Warriors team that is short on experience but not on desire.“They’ve got guys who go out there and prove themselves every night,” Beverley said. “Draymond (Green) is still out there. Willie Cauley-Stein. They have a lot of rugged guards out there trying to make a name for themselves.”Besides, to Beverley, it doesn’t matter whether he’s facing off with a relatively unknown rookie or a three-time NBA champion: “You ask anyone in my household, I prepare every game like I’m gong against Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal. That’s my mindset when I’m going into battle against a team.” “We’ll keep evaluating him and he’ll be back soon, I think,” Rivers added. “It is what it is at this point.”Entering Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, the Clippers were 7-5 without George in the lineup.WARRIORS BLUES?The Clippers acknowledge that it is different facing the 2019-20 Warriors, who entered Friday’s game in L.A. with a 9-30 record and in last place in the Western Conference, a shell of the juggernaut that splash-danced to five consecutive NBA Finals and three championships.“Yeah, I mean, they got two All-Star future-Hall-of-Famers who are hurt,” said Leonard, referring to two-time league MVP Steph Curry (out with a broken hand) and five-time All-Star Klay Thompson (who’s recovering from a torn left ACL). “It’s always different, playing a team like that.”Not that the Clippers are especially sympathetic.Related Articleslast_img