Report: Paul George set to make season debut

NBA.com Global on Nov 13, 2019 06:56 AM
Report: Paul George set to make season debut
FILE - Los Angeles Clippers forwards Kawhi Leonard, left, and Paul George pose for photos during the NBA basketball team's media day in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

NBA.com staff report

The long wait is nearing an end. LA Clippers forward Paul George plans to make his season (and franchise) debut on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) against the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.

The six-time All-Star has been sidelined for the Clippers' first 10 games while recovering from two offseason shoulder surgeries. George underwent rotator cuff surgery in May to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder, and a minor surgery in June to repair a partial tear of his left labrum. The Clippers traded for the perennial All-Star in July with the expectation he'd miss training camp and potentially the start of the season.

Last season, George averaged career highs of 28 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a league-leading 2.2 steals.

“He’s going to be a big piece,” Kawhi Leonard said. “He’ll take a lot of attention. Then we’ll have to figure it out again.”

“Imagine having Kawhi and Lou (Williams) and Paul,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “and a team tries to trap you. You’re going to pretty much get what you want.”

That’s three players who averaged at least 20 points each last season. That level of offensive fire, along with the defense that the Clippers are capable of playing, should keep LA elevated in the West standings and their place among the league elite.

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