Lue: ‘We can be special’ if Kawhi and PG13 are healthy

The Los Angeles Clippers’ season ended Friday night with a 105-101 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA play-off.

While Los Angeles finished its disappointing regular season just above .500 with a 42-40 record, Clippers coach Ty Lue doesn’t think many roster adjustments are needed in the offseason. All the team needs, according to Lue, is for both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to have a healthy year.

“When you get Kawhi, a top five player – when you get [George] back, a perennial All-Star; this team is changing a lot,” Lue said in a post-match press conference on Friday. “We can be very different with these two guys back and healthy. … We can be special.”

Leonard, 30, hasn’t played a game since injuring his knee in the 2021 Western Conference Semifinals. The two-time NBA Finals MVP underwent surgery in the offseason and was unable to return at all during the 2021-22 season.

George, 31, has missed more than 50 regular season games with an elbow injury and was forced to miss Friday night’s game against the Pelicans after testing positive for COVID-19.

During the 2020-21 season, Leonard and George had over 48 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds per game.

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