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REPORT: Paul George expected to make Clippers debut in 3 weeks

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George is expected to return in three weeks, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. The All-Star forward could make his debut before mid-November after undergoing a surgery to both shoulder in the offseason.

“I’m where I want to be right now at this point in the season almost starting,” George told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne in a September interview. “I like where the progression is going…I will be out of the preseason. As of now, I’ll be out of October fully, but who knows? We’ll see. In the November range is our target date.”

George was hampered with shoulder injuries during his two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, even wearing a thermal and compression pads around his shoulders to help him with the occasional pain.

The Clippers dispatched the Los Angeles Lakers in their season opener on Tuesday with George watching from the bench, wearing a classy monochromatic outfit and a bow tie. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 30 points, but it was the Clippers bench that showed out through the course of the game.

George is expected to miss the first 10 games of the season, which is consistent with the timeline for his return. Despite his recent injuries, George has been durable — playing in at least 75 games during his last three seasons. That streak is likely to come to an end this season, but the Clippers are opting to bank on George’s long-time health after acquiring him for an NBA-record five first-round picks and young prospect Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the summer.