- The Los Angeles Clippers are 7-4 this season and 5th in the Western Conference.
- Player Paul George is set to make his debut on Thursday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans (2-8).
- With his return, the Clippers will look to find a lineup that supports both Kawhi Leonard and George.
LOS ANGELES – Paul “PG13” George is ready to be back on the court with the LA Clippers for the first time this season. The small forward has been recovering from surgeries on both shoulders that took place over the summer. Kawhi Leonard has in and out of playing without George due to a left knee patellar tendon issue.
Clippers Ready To Watch PG13 In Action
Coach Doc Rivers has been waiting for the day that George would be ready to start playing again. He has been preparing for it although he has found the task to be difficult. With George in mind, he’s had practices held with a stand-in being used where George would be used. But he’s also trying to find a balance between both George and Leonard and Rivers will need to find a happy medium between the two. The Clippers are the current favorite to win the 2020 NBA Championship with odds of +300.
"Honestly, it has probably been harder than we thought because we are still in the process of getting Kawhi right 100 percent, and then you don't have Paul at all," said Rivers. “I don't think he's yet to play even one minute with the starting lineup yet. It's just going to take time."
Both players can deliver and Rivers knows it. He only questions the lineup and rotation that he will be using them. Having two great small forwards that can contribute can only help the team and their odds for a great season. USAOnlineSportsbooks.com believes the Clippers will benefit from George’s return and give bettors a nice return with their wagers on LA.
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George now has a clean bill of health to play and Leonard is wrestling with his knee injury. Making choices about who will be playing and when may not prove to be all that hard as both players are able to play a variety of positions and be on the court at the same time. Regardless, George is definitely ready to be back out there.
"I mean, I haven't felt this good," said George. "My shoulders haven't been this good in a long time. I shot the ball pretty well last season, so I'm excited for what's to come."
The Clippers (-200) will face the Pelicans (+170) on the road at 8 p.m. EST at Smoothie King Center in Louisiana. The game is not televised on a national network but local channels such as PT and FSNO have picked up the coverage.
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