Warriors

Warriors

Is Paul George ducking the Warriors?

Doubtful, considering the current state of Steve Kerr's group.

But the Clippers star will miss Friday's game in Los Angeles against the Warriors due to a left hamstring strain, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk reported Thursday.

George also missed the first game of the season between the Clippers and Warriors as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. Even without last year's MVP finalist, Los Angeles crushed Golden State 141-122, spoiling the first regular-season game at Chase Center.

That game on Oct. 24 was a sign of things to come for both teams. The Warriors, dealing with a roster overhaul and major injuries, have the worst record in the Western Conference, while the Clippers are 26-12 and currently sit in the No. 4 spot in the West.

George initially sustained the injury last Thursday against Detroit. He missed the Clippers' next game against the Grizzlies, but suited up against the Knicks on Sunday when he scored 32 points in 26 minutes. Assuming he plays against Denver on Sunday, George will have had six days off to rest his hamstring.

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The Warriors have shown signs of life over the last few weeks, but will still be heavy underdogs against the George-less Clippers.

After all, Los Angeles still has some guy named Kawhi Leonard.