Paul George Injury Update: When Will Clippers Star Forward Debut?

Monday, September 30, 2019 5:24 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 30, 2019 5:24 PM UTC

Paul George's debut with the Clippers will be put on hold. The star forward is targeting a November return after offseason shoulder surgeries.

<p>Per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne: <em>"The return date for Paul George is a bit of a moving target. But he told me today he’s out all of training camp and hoping to be back "November-ish" catch the full interview in @SportsCenter later today."</em></p><p><a href=";book=Picks-Odds" target><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>The 29-year-old had successful offseason surgery on his left shoulder to repair a tear in his labrum and the Clippers traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, four unprotected first round picks, one protected first round pick and two pick swaps to the Thunder for him on July 5.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The Thunder were down 18 after 3 quarters.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Paul George put the team on his back with 25 on 9/12 shooting in the 4th 💪 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— ESPN (@espn) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;December 6, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>According to a Thunder spokesman back in June, Paul George had a successful procedure on his left shoulder to address a small labrum tear. His initial recovery timetable was the same it was when he had surgery on his right shoulder a few weeks earlier.</p><p>Paul George established himself as a strong MVP candidate last season before sitting out for three games due to right shoulder soreness at the end of February and beginning of March.</p><p>George (plus-5.5 Box Plus/Minus) played with kinesiology tape on both shoulders for the majority of the last two months of the season and still averaged a career-high 28.0 points (second in the league), 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and an <a href="" target="_blank">NBA</a>-best 2.2 steals in 36.9 minutes over 77 games.</p><p>PG13 averaged 28.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals on 43.6 percent from the field in 40.8 minutes over five games in the playoffs despite playing hurt.</p><p>The Clippers open the new NBA season <a href="" target="_blank">against the Lakers</a> on October 22. <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinnacle</a> has the Clippers as 1-point home favorites and the total is set at 227.</p><p><u><strong>NBA MVP Odds<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>)</strong></u></p><p>Giannis Antetokounmpo +275</p><p>Stephen Curry +550</p><p>Anthony Davis +700</p><p>James Harden +800</p><p>Joel Embiid +1200</p><p>Kawhi Leonard +1200</p><p>LeBron James +1200<br /><br />Nikola Jokic +1800<br /><br />Paul George +2000<br /><br />Damian Lillard +2800<br /><br />Russell Westbrook +3000</p><p>Donovan Mitchell +4500<br /><br />Luka Doncic +5000</p><p>Kyrie Irving +5000<br /><br />Kemba Walker +5000<br /><br />Karl-Anthony Towns +5000</p><p>Jimmy Butler +7500</p><p>Ben Simmons +8500</p>
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