Beverley left the Clippers’ game against the Dallas Mavericks early just over a week ago, and has missed the team’s last three games with a sore right groin. His absence has been felt quite strongly, as emergency point guard options such as Derrick Walton Jr., Jerome Robinson, and Terance Mann have all been underwhelming in January. That’s in contrast to Beverley, who was having a phenomenal month before getting hurt. In 7 January appearances, he is shooting 44.8% from three and averaging 6.9 assists per game—a huge jump from 3.3 assists per game in the first few months of the season. Taking on a more aggressive offensive role, Pat has been able to create for others and help the Clippers’ offense click.
For George, a return to health is an opportunity to get what has been a frustrating season back on track. Between early-season recovery from shoulder surgery and his current hamstring strain, the Clippers’ second-best player has appeared in just 26 of the team’s 47 games to date. For both his individual rhythm and team cohesion, it will be good to have PG back on the floor for the team’s final 35 games of the season.
Other injury report notes: Patrick Patterson, who was questionable for the Clippers’ Sunday game against the Orlando Magic, played on Sunday and is no longer listed on the injury report. Reserve guard Derrick Walton Jr. is listed as questionable with a right elbow contusion.