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OMG! Paul George's injury shocks fans, can Clippers survive without him?

Edited by Paurush Omar
Mar 22, 2023 05:23 PM IST

Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George suffers brutal leg injury, leaving fans worried for the team's fate this season. Can Kawhi & Westbrook save the day?

Last night's edge-of-your-seat game between the LA Clippers and OKC Thunder took a shocking turn when the Clippers' main man, Paul George, went down hard with a gnarly right leg injury. Despite a close game, the Clippers lost by just a point, ending with a 101-100 score.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jalen Williams (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Los Angeles.(AP)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jalen Williams (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in Los Angeles.(AP)

The jaw-dropping moment happened when George got tangled up with the Thunder's Lu Dort after grabbing a rebound. PG-13 fell to the floor in agony, and the medical crew rushed to his aid. He was taken to the locker room and ruled out for the rest of the game. As of now, we don't know how bad the injury is.

Fox Sports' injury guru, Dr. Evan Jeffries, thinks it could be a hyperextended knee, but there's a chance George might have messed up his ACL, PCL, MCL, and joint capsule. Clippers' coach Ty Lue says they're waiting on the docs to figure out what's up, and the team is crossing their fingers for good news.

Clippers fans are freaking out, understandably. The team's been up and down this season, but they've been getting their groove on lately. Now, with George possibly out, it's up to Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook to carry the team.

Social media blew up with worried fans sending thoughts and prayers to Paul George, and the whole situation sparked a convo about knee injuries taking out talented athletes. Can we just have a season without our faves getting hurt?

Even with the loss, the Clippers are still holding onto fifth place in the Western Conference, with a 38-35 record. Kawhi scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out five assists during the game. Westbrook contributed 15 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) is defended by LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the second half at Crypto.com Arena.(USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) is defended by LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the second half at Crypto.com Arena.(USA TODAY Sports)

As for the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went off against his old squad, dropping 31 points, along with seven rebounds and four assists. Jalen Williams put up 20 points, snagged eight rebounds, and had three assists. Josh Giddey and Isaiah Joe also came up big in the win, pushing the Thunder to seventh in the West.

With the extent of Paul George's injury still a mystery, the Clippers' future is up in the air. Everyone's waiting with bated breath, hoping for a speedy recovery and minimal damage to the team's chances this season.

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