LA Clippers Injury Report (January 16): Will Paul George and Ivica Zubac be available against Thunder?

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Will Paul George and Ivica Zubac be available against the Thunder? LA Clippers injury report for Jan. 16.

Paul George and Ivica Zubac are two of the regular starters for the LA Clippers this season. George has stayed relatively healthy compared to his first four years with the Clippers. Zubac, meanwhile, missed his first game of the season on Sunday in the loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to the Clippers' latest injury report, George is healthy and will suit up against the OKC Thunder on Tuesday night. Zubac, meanwhile, will remain out with a right calf strain and is considered as day-to-day.

The only other player on the injury report is Moussa Diabate, who is dealing with a metacarpal fracture in his right hand. Diabate has not played since suffering the injury on New Year's Day against the Miami Heat.

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What happened to Paul George and Ivica Zubac?

Paul George has been plagued by injuries every season since he was acquired by the LA Clippers from the OKC Thunder in the summer of 2019.

However, George has avoided any major injuries this season. He has only missed two games after suffering a minor groin injury on Dec. 12 and a non-COVID-19 illness on Dec. 19.

Meanwhile, Ivica Zubac missed his first game of the season on Sunday with a right calf strain. He suffered the injury in the Clippers' win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 12. Clippers coach Ty Lue said that he considers Zubac as day-to-day.

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Will Paul George and Ivica Zubac play against the Thunder?

Paul George is expected to play against the OKC Thunder, along with the LA Clippers' superstars like Kawhi Leonard, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. The Clippers will look to get back on the winning track after losing against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Meanwhile, Ivica Zubac will be held out for Tuesday's matchup to give him enough time to recover. The Clippers will have four days off and won't be back until Jan. 21 when they welcome the Brooklyn Nets at the Crypto.com Arena.

There's no guarantee that Zubac will return in that game, as a strain could take more than a week to heal.


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Paul George and Ivica Zubac stats vs OKC Thunder

Paul George has played 19 games against one of his former teams, the OKC Thunder. He's averaging 19.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game, going 10-9. He's 5-4 against the Thunder with the LA Clippers.

Meanwhile, Ivica Zubac has faced the Thunder 22 times, averaging 8.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. He's 11-11 against the Thunder, including 9-7 with the Clippers.


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