Paul George to make season debut vs. Pelicans
NBA.com Global on Nov 15, 2019 07:41 AM
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)
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LA Clippers forward Paul George will make his season debut today against the New Orleans Pelicans, per coach Doc Rivers.
This would also be George's team debut, playing his first minutes for his hometown team in L.A.
Doc Rivers confirms the expected: Paul George is officially a go. Rivers said there is a minutes restriction, but it’s “visual.” They’re just going to watch George closely and adjust accordingly on his minutes.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 14, 2019
The Clippers still won't be at full strength for Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) contest, however, as Kawhi Leonard (left knee injury management) and Patrick Beverley (sore left calf) are both out.
The six-time All-Star George has been sidelined for the Clippers' first 11 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.
George had his first full practice with his Clippers teammates on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) and had no limitations during that workout. Per the Los Angeles Times, George scrimmaged with a team of reserves against a crew of starters led by Leonard.
Leonard, who did not play in the first of the back-to-back sets in each of the past two weeks, finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday's 102-93 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Last season, George averaged career highs of 28 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and a league-leading 2.2 steals.