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Paul George Ruled Out for Clippers vs. Spurs with Ankle Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -  FEBRUARY 8: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers shoots a free-throw  against the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 8, 2020 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George will miss Tuesday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs because of right ankle soreness.

George was limited to 48 games during the 2019-20 regular season. He underwent surgery on both shoulders in the offseason, which pushed back his Clippers debut. The six-time All-Star then picked up a hamstring injury in January, which forced him to miss nine games. The problem resurfaced before the All-Star break.

George was his usual self when healthy. He averaged 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc.

However, his performance in the postseason once again became a storyline as he struggled against the Dallas Mavericks before the Clippers threw away a 3-1 series lead over the Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals.

Los Angeles will be proactive in managing George's workload, but last year's finish showed how important it is to build continuity on the floor in the regular season. The absence of any real cohesion is a big reason why the team collapsed in the playoffs.

George missing a game or two won't present the Clippers with a big problem. His absence for a long stretch would, however, become cause for concern.

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