The LA Clippers can’t catch a break with their superstar duo

Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Since the first game of the regular season, the LA Clippers have had injuries across their roster. Although it has only been 18 games, many key players have missed time for various reasons. As a result, head coach Tyronn Lue got off to a bumpy start before finding his momentum.

Furthermore, two of the most valuable players on the Clippers’ roster, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, continue to face health issues. This may come off as a bit concerning for Leonard in particular. He may have made his return on opening night, but he has only played five games since.

As for George, he has missed quite a few games for a variety of reasons. This is not the ideal scenario for the Clippers, as Lue is reluctant for his superstar duo to show up consistently. Not to mention the team faces a tough challenge on both ends of the floor as the impact George and Leonard bring is irreplaceable.

Moreover, the team recently announced that Leonard and George would be ruled out against the Golden State Warriors. This contest was already a tough match-up; now Lue will be without his two best players. That said, vital rotational pieces will be required to step up if the LA Clippers want to have a chance against the reigning champions.

The LA Clippers will need their superstar duo to win it all.

Clearly, without Leonard and George, the LA Clippers are a completely different team. However, if Lue is leaning on the contributions of stars Reggie Jackson, Norman Powell, and Ivica Zubac, he will not be disappointed. These few players have played exceptionally well all year and will continue to do so.

So far this season, George has been phenomenal. On the other hand, Leonard is still working his way back from his ACL tear. This explains his unusual numbers despite his minute restriction. Additionally, inconsistent play may be another reason Leonard is taking numerous games simultaneously to find his groove.

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Though this injury report may be a bit concerning, it could also be seen as a positive, as the team is taking no chances this early in the year. With a long season ahead, Lue understands that forcing minutes on his two best talents is not worth it. Therefore Leonard and George will get plenty of rest in hopes of playing together against the Denver Nuggets.