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Paul George will not play for the Clippers in Friday’s play-in tournament game against the Pelicans.

The 31-year-old entered health and safety protocols on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Friday’s critical matchup will decide the Western Conference’s eighth and final spot in the playoffs.

George scored a game-high 34 points against the Timberwolves in the first game of the play-in tournament on Tuesday. He also had seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals. But it wasn’t enough as the LA fell to Minnesota in a 109-104 heartbreaker.

Whichever team wins Friday will face the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the first round. The Clippers lost to the Suns in six games in last year’s conference finals.

The Clippers' Paul George will not play in Friday's play-in tournament game
The Clippers’ Paul George will not play in Friday’s play-in tournament game
AP

George, who recently returned to action after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his shooting elbow in December, averaged 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in 31 games this season.

Source: NYPOST

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