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Clippers’ Norman Powell out indefinitely with fracture in left foot

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 06: Norman Powell #24 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks in the fourth quarter at Arena on February 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The Clippers’ trade to land Norman Powell was always more about next season — when he should be a perfect wing pairing with a healthy Paul George and Kawhi Leonard — but he has already helped this season. Powell has averaged 21 points and four assists a game in the three games he played in Los Angeles, providing a driving guard who can draw fouls, something Los Angeles lacked with its stars out.

Now Powell is out, too. He has a “fractured medial sesamoid bone in his left foot,” the team announced just as the Super Bowl was about to kick off. The Clippers say the treatment is non-surgical, but there is no timeline for his return.

The medial sesamoid bone is a weight-bearing bone in the foot and it is unlikely Powell returns this season, according to Jeff Stotts of In Street Clothes.

The Clippers have 24 games remaining, which means Powell is likely out for most or all of the regular season. He could return for a play-in game and however long the Clippers postseason is — they are currently the No. 8 seed in the West — but the Clippers as an organization tend to be cautious bringing players back from injury.

Besides, for Los Angeles it is all about having everyone healthy and coming back as contenders next season.