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.
Paul George went through 5-on-5 practice yesterday. He will practice today according to Ty Lue. Lue says team will see how he’s feeling this week when asked if PG could be cleared to play in a game this week.
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) March 28, 2022
What is likelihood Paul George plays for LAC this week? Ty Lue leaves the door open:
"I don’t know, we’ve just got to see how today’s practice goes and see how he’s feeling and then just go from there, whatever the medical staff seems to think is ideal, that’s what we’ll do." https://t.co/cZb46gAZJ0
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) March 28, 2022
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.