LA Clippers’ Paul George tore UCL apart, to be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks


Los Angeles Clippers team Paul George suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will rest from the injury for the next three to four weeks before a reassessment, the team announced on Saturday.

There is no clear timeline for a return to play, but the hope is that rest from the injury over the next month can pave the way for a recovery for George. The Clippers are 17-15 and retain the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

George sprained his elbow on Dec.6 against Portland and rested and in rehabilitation for two weeks. After returning from the five-game layoff against San Antonio on December 20, George said he was not sure if the elbow injury would require maintenance and if that would be something that could lead him to s ” refrain from games periodically on the road.

“It took a few hits today, a few darts,” he said after the Clippers’ loss to Spurs. “We’ll see what it feels like tomorrow, not sure if it’s painful or not.”

George was feeling good and played against Sacramento on Thursday, but then experienced an elbow pain.

Now the Clippers face the tall order of trying to stay competitive and into the playoff hunt with both Kawhi Leonard (ACL) and George on and on. Additionally, Marcus Morris Sr. and Reggie Jackson are in health and safety protocols, and the Isaiah Hartenstein Safeguarding Center has an ankle injury.

Ty Lue showed last season that he can get the Clippers to exceed expectations despite injuries to key players. But it has been frustrating for Lue to try to navigate this season without a consistent lineup.

Now, Lue will have to move forward without the two stars the franchise landed in the summer of 2019 in the hopes of winning a championship.

ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this story.

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