UPDATE: Jan. 6, 8:34 p.m. — PG-13 will play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Warriors. So will Marcus Morris and Kawhi Leonard, so all three could be back in the starting lineup against the Dubs. If that is the case, Nic Batum and Luke Kennard will head back to the bench.
UPDATE: Jan. 6, 4:18 p.m. — George is being considered questionable to play again for Wednesday’s game vs. the Golden State Warriors. Kawhi Leonard is not on the injury report with the Clippers on the second night of a back-to-back set. Marcus Morris is also questionable to play, so there’s a chance he gets back into the lineup.
UPDATE: George has been ruled out and Kennard will start in his place for Tuesday’s game vs. the Spurs.
Paul George will not play tonight and Luke Kennard will start in his place, the Clippers say.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) January 6, 2021
Los Angeles Clippers SF Paul George is questionable to play in Tuesday’s game vs. the San Antonio Spurs after tweaking his ankle in Sunday’s win over the Phoenix Suns. George looked fine against the Suns, dropping 39 points to lead the Clips to another victory. Now, he may be held out for a game against the Spurs, a team that has lost four games in a row. This could just be an attempt to get PG some extra rest in a game that may be easy to win anyway.
If PG ends up sitting, this isn’t as easy to figure out in terms of DFS. Kawhi Leonard ($9,100) would be the natural pivot and become a very strong GPP play. Leonard is still coming off that mouth injury and is still in a face mask. So while normally we’d consider Leonard a good pivot in both cash and GPPs, I’d lean more toward tournaments.
With Marcus Morris also out and George possibly sitting, there will be a lot of value options on the Clips. Nicolas Batum ($4,600) makes a lot of sense. He’s sort of had a renaissance season so far in L.A. Luke Kennard ($3,900) could enter the starting lineup at SF in place of George. He’d have a very high ceiling given how the Spurs have been playing defensively. Patrick Patterson ($3,000) may also get some run at forward and isn’t a bad flier for GPPs.
This doesn’t really make me question the Clippers on a 8.5 point spread. The Spurs get LaMarcus Aldridge back, so that could give them a nice boost. Even if PG is sidelined, the Clippers have enough with Leonard to get past San Antonio. If anything, I’d wait and see how low the line drops on the Clippers if PG is ruled out and get some value. You can also wait and get some action in-game depending on how both teams look.