The Clippers and the Pistons will square off at Little Caesars Arena on Monday. In their only meeting this season, the Clippers defeated the Pistons 96-91 on November 17.
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The Clippers have won five of their last seven games, including a 113-93 win over the Boston Celtics. LA kept the Celtics under 100 points for the first time this season and played a solid all-around game in that statement win. It was the type of performance Clippers fans had hoped to see from Paul George and Kawhi Leonard but hadn’t seen enough of due to injuries.
Paul George had 22 points (7-18 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 36 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.
George has scored 22 points in two games since returning from a sore left knee, and while he remains a risky fantasy play, especially in weekly leagues, due to his tendency to miss games here and there, the rewards certainly outweighed the risks on Friday.
George has scored at least 22 points in five of his last six games, but he has also missed nine of his last 17 due to various injuries.
Due to right knee injury management, Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of Monday’s game against Detroit.
Leonard appeared in the last three games, averaging 25.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. He’ll sit out the first half of a back-to-back set on Monday, but he should be back in action against the Raptors on Tuesday.
The Pistons are on a five-game losing streak. They are missing star guard Cade Cunningham, who had season-ending surgery for a tibial stress fracture.
According to a report from last week, Isaiah Livers will be re-evaluated in 2-to-3 weeks, and he appears to have a chance to return at the front end of that window, if not ahead of it entirely.
Livers had claimed a starting spot in the seven games preceding his multi-week absence, but he’ll most likely return as a substitute with a minute limit.