Paul George Could Be Back with the Clippers in Time to Face the Bulls This Thursday

According to Los Angeles Clippers head coach Ty Lue, two-way superstar Paul George has resumed 5-on-5 work and will practice with the team on Monday. The door now appears open for George to make his return to the floor as soon as this week.

After a back-to-back sets against the Knicks and Wizards on the East coast, the Bulls will return to the United Center on Thursday to match up with the Clippers. While LA has been able to stay afloat in the Western Conference with a 36-39 record that has kept them in the 8th seed, there is no question a George return would make the team significantly more competitive. The 7x All-Star led a Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers squad past the Utah Jazz in Games 5 and 6 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals last season before taking the Phoenix Suns to six games.

George hasn’t played since December 22nd of this season due to a torn UCL in his right elbow. He was averaging 24.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.0 steals in a scalding hot start to the season. Of course, no one would expect him to immediately provide the Clippers with this kind of production upon his return, but his mere presence would make this a much more threatening battle for any opponent … including the Bulls.

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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