Los Angeles Clippers center Mason Plumlee, 33, is out indefinitely.
According to NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Plumlee was diagnosed with a torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his left knee on Monday (Aug. 8) and will travel to Los Angeles for further evaluation.
Plumlee injured his left knee in the third quarter of the Clippers’ 111-97 loss to the New York Knicks on Dec. 7. At the time, New York’s Julius Randle fell into the side of Plumlee’s left leg near half court and they went down together. Plumlee, who appeared to be in considerable pain, left the game with 4:10 left in the third quarter.
A backup big man, Plumlee’s passing ability and screen-setting skills make him a valuable player for the Clippers. In six games this season, he has played 17 minutes per game and is averaging 5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 63.2% shooting from the field.
The Clippers have an offensive rating of 114.7 and a defensive rating of 107.4 this season. Plumlee’s numbers in those categories are 117 and 105, respectively. This means that Plumlee’s presence on the Clippers cannot be ignored.
The Clippers currently have two open spots on their 15-man roster.
The Clippers may have the option of signing a backup center, but if they choose not to, P.J. Tucker, Terrence Mann, and Moussa Diabete are expected to fill Plumlee’s spot. 토토사이트
In the meantime, with no idea when Plumlee will return, the Clippers open a two-game series against the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks starting tonight at 9:00 PM.