Paul George will miss the Clippers' play-in game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night after testing positive for COVID-19, according ESPN.
This is a huge loss for a Clippers team facing a playoff rematch with the Pelicans.
George scored 34 points in the Clippers' first-round loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, so losing him hurts their playoff chances.
After losing George and Kawhi Leonard for the season due to an ACL rupture, the Pelicans exploded in their first playoff win over the Spurs earlier this week.
During that occasion, coach Tye Lue started guard Terance Mann in lieu of George, which might happen again.
Another alternative is to start Norman Powell, who had 16 points off the bench in the Clippers' loss to the Timberwolves. Powell is a better offensive threat than Mann, who can also defend.
Losing George is costly, but don't write the Clippers out just yet. They still have plenty of scoring options and the league's eighth-best defense.
It'll be difficult, especially against a Pelicans club that recently scored 59 points against the Spurs, but not impossible.
The winner of Friday's game will face the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the playoffs, while the loser goes into the offseason.
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