PLAYA VISTA - LA Clippers's LA Clippers star Paul George has been infected with COVID-19, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps that he will miss Friday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Lawrence Frank, president of the basketball industry, confirmed that George had incorporated the league's health and safety protocols.
It was a significant blow to the Clappers, who lost their star guard while trying to take over the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference SEA Games. The winner advances to the first round with top player Phoenix Suns.
George said he was ill on Thursday and needed medical attention.
"This is another challenge for our team," Frank said at the club's shooting. "This team has been challenging all year round. We have guys in and out of the class and overcame huge deficits, but this team is always responsive. It is a very resilient group. We have a lot of confidence and intelligence.
When asked if other Clippers players needed to be tested and asked if George would rest for some time, Frank said the club was following the NBA's lead when it came to health and safety protocols.
"This is a challenge," he said. But now there have been a series of challenges. This is a situation I have been to many times before this year. "
The news quickly spread the news of Friday night's game in the sports books, which will feature the Clippers vying with their favorite 4-point, 1-point Pelicans.
George was sidelined for three months with a torn ligament in his right elbow. In all, he has missed 51 games this season, with the Clippers missing out on 24-27 and 18-13.
He missed one of the regular season games of the Pelicans and Clippers, which New Orleans won by 24 points.
After retiring from his long career, George returned for five regular season games, with the Clippers winning six of their last eight games, beating healthy George on the roster.
He averages 24.3 points this season. 6.9 re-released and created 5.7 times. He scored 34 points in Tuesday's 109-104 defeat in Minnesota. He made 7 assists and 5 assists.
Clippers will be again without their stars. Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for the rest of the season after repairing a torn ACL. Frank says there is no schedule for Leonard's return.