Clippers' Norman Powell out indefinitely with a fractured foot
Los Angeles Clippers guard Norman Powell suffered a fractured medial sesamoid bone in his left foot and is out indefinitely, the team announced on Sunday. The treatment is believed to be non-surgical.
Powell, 28, is averaging 21 points, three rebounds and four assists per game this season. He and Robert Covington were recently traded to Los Angeles for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson and a 2025 second-round pick.
The Clippers are 28-30 and in eighth place in the Western Conference. The Clippers have been playing with less than a full deck all year, on both ends of the roster. Kawhi Leonard hasn't returned yet from a partially torn ACL and right knee surgery from the Jazz series.
Paul George, out since Christmas, has an MRI scheduled on the torn UCL in his right elbow. Even the young depth has been compromised, with rookie point guard Jason Preston out due to preseason foot surgery and two-way shooting guard Jay Scrubb undergoing season-ending foot surgery this week.
Powell's untimely injury would be more of a concern if the West was better, but it's not. The Los Angeles Lakers are five games under .500 despite having LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook for 19 of 57 games. Teams ranked 10 through 15 in the West have at least four more losses than the Clippers.