The Los Angeles Clippers have lost another major player indefinitely this season, after the recently acquired Norman Powell was diagnosed with a fractured bone in his left foot on Sunday.
Powell suffered the injury Thursday when he scored 19 points in 34 minutes during a 112-105 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Powell sat out Saturday’s 99-97 win over the Mavericks.
The Clippers announced Sunday that the medial sesamoid bone in Powell’s left foot was fractured. The team said in a statement that the treatment is non-surgical “at this time” and that there is no date for his return.
Before being ruled out against the Mavericks on Saturday, Powell told ESPN he was feeling better and hoped it wasn’t serious.
“It’s going a lot better,” Powell said at the team’s morning practice. “Better than I was after the game. Better than I was yesterday. Feeling better, walking better. Had a little soreness. Everything since the last game. I’m just going to see how it feels and go from there.”
The Clippers have been hit hard by injuries this season. They started the season without the star of the franchise Kawhi Leonard, who has been rehabbing a torn ACL suffered in Game 4 of the Clippers’ second-round series against the Utah Jazz on June 14. His return remains uncertain.
the star wing Paul George he hasn’t played since Dec. 22 because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his shooting elbow. George is scheduled to have an MRI on Feb. 24 to see how his elbow has responded to the break and to help determine if he can still return this season.
Powell, 28, averaged 21 points in his first three games for the Clippers and was expected to help recapture the scoring load with Leonard and George out.
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Clippers: Norman Powell, out indefinitely