Clippers vs. Pelicans: Live NBA play-in tournament updates while both teams battle for West’s No. 8 seed

The Los Angeles Clippers lost their first play-in game earlier this week. Now they have suffered another one ahead of Friday’s do-or-die competition, and that’s a big one. Paul George will be inactive against the New Orleans Pelicans after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19, and he has entered the league’s health and safety protocols. It’s a big blow for Los Angeles, but this is a team that has been battle-tested for most of the season with their stars out of injury. After being behind most of the game, the Clippers stormed back during the third quarter to take the lead into the final 12 minutes of action.

The Clippers, who fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Tuesday’s 7/8 play-in game, are 24-27 without George, compared to 18-14 when active. They will have to rely on their other players to get their fourth playoff appearance in a row and number 10 in the last 11 seasons. The Pelicans meanwhile sent the San Antonio Spurs into their 9/10 game and are now a win away from meeting the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.

Follow below for all real-time updates between Pelicans and Clippers.

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