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Report: Clippers' Paul George Expected Back in 3 Weeks After Shoulder Surgeries

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2019

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George attends the NBA basketball team's media day in Los Angeles Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George is reportedly expected to make his 2019-20 season debut in three weeks.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported the timetable for George, who is recovering from shoulder surgeries.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported during training camp that George was targeting a November return, so the three-week window indicates he's healing as expected.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters Oct. 12 that George would miss the first 10 games of the season. A 10-game absence would make George's return date Nov. 13 at the Houston Rockets, which is the first night of a back-to-back. If the team wants George to sit out those two contests, he could make his debut at home Nov. 16 against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Clippers are considered championship favorites and did nothing to dispel that notion on opening night with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers without George. Their one-two punch is arguably the best in the NBA, though LeBron James and Anthony Davis may disagree.

"When you look at two guys that play both ends, two guys that can go and get a basket, two guys that can stop you from getting a basket...elite on both ends—I don't see how you can beat that," George told NBA.com's Shaun Powell at the team's media day.

Even with the three-week time frame, the Clippers won't rush George back. They'll also likely play the load management game with both their stars this season in hopes of keeping them fresh for a deep playoff run.

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