After missing six of the last seven games with a hamstring injury, Paul George is joining the LA Clippers in Dallas and may make his return.
It was initially reported that Paul George would travel with the LA Clippers on their six-game road trip. However, the team ultimately decided that it would be best for him to stay back in Los Angeles.
Now, after being away from the team just one game, George will now reportedly join them in Dallas for Tuesday’s game.
Does this mean George will play? We are uncertain. His status is listed as “questionable” but with the Clippers playing a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, it might not make sense for him to suit up just yet.
With Kawhi Leonard likely playing in Dallas on Tuesday but not in Atlanta on Wednesday, it makes more sense to bring PG back in the second game. Atlanta being a lesser opponent means the team (in theory) can get up big and keep PG’s minutes low.
George’s return is much needed with Maurice Harkless also out. The Clippers managed to pull another late-game comeback win in New Orleans on Saturday but can’t continue to play like that.
Four of the five upcoming games are against teams currently in playoff position. The final game, an “away” matchup versus the Lakers, has heavy playoff implications so getting George healthy and in the swing of things prior to that is key.
George previously missed eleven games to start the season as he recovered from surgery on both shoulders during the summer. In his 26 appearances this season, PG is averaging 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals.
In other injury-related news, the Dallas Mavericks believe they will have Kristaps Porzingis back on Tuesday. He has missed the Mavs’ previous ten games due to a right knee injury. Dallas is right in the midst of the playoff picture, slotted at the fifth seed in the West.
Still, the fifth seed is only 3.5 games back from second, which is currently held by the Clippers.
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