Chris Paul: Clippers Star Set to Make Preseason Debut Sunday

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2012

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Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul is set to make his 2012 preseason debut on Sunday vs. fellow United States Olympic teammate LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

The news comes from Eric Patten of the Clippers' official team website:

Paul, who was medically cleared for full contact three days ago, is expected to make his preseason debut Sunday, Oct. 14 when the Clippers take on the Miami Heat at Mercedes-Benz Arena in the second matchup of the 2012 NBA China Games

Paul had surgery on his thumb over the offseason after injuring it during a Team USA practice this summer. The injury clearly didn't stop Paul from playing a key role for the Americans down the stretch of the 2012 London Olympics, as they won gold for the second time in four years. 

The 27-year-old floor general should be 100 percent by the time he tips off his second full season with the Clippers on Halloween night against the Memphis Grizzlies

Paul averaged 19.8 points and 9.1 assists per game last season with the Clippers, but will have to learn to work with some new pieces in 2012-13, including Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill and Lamar Odom. Paul will be the one responsible for getting everyone involved and keeping L.A. on pace to compete for a championship next spring. 

L.A. survived its opening round series with the Memphis Grizzlies last May but was bounced out of the Western Conference semifinals shortly after by the San Antonio Spurs in four straight games. 

Sunday's preseason matchup between the Clippers and Heat from China can be seen at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBATV. 


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