NBA pocket book: George set to make Clippers’ debut


The Los Angeles Clippers have opened 7-Three, are coming off a victory over the defending champion Toronto Raptors and now have one thing else to buoy their spirits: Paul George reportedly will make his debut with the staff by Thursday.

Indiana Pacers ahead Paul George (24) holds the basketball away from Los Angeles Clippers ahead Caron Butler in the course of the first half of their NBA basketball sport in Indianapolis, Indiana February 28, 2013. Information/Brent Smith

The six-time All-Star ahead, acquired from the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in a July commerce, has missed the opening 10 video games of the season whereas recovering from two offseason shoulder surgical procedures.

The Clippers play back-to-back street video games Wednesday at Houston and Thursday at New Orleans. The sport in opposition to the Pelicans is believed to be the day George is focusing on for his return, however the contest in opposition to the Rockets has not been dominated out solely.

George, 29, was acquired by the Clippers together with Kawhi Leonard to kind a title-contending roster. Two of their three losses this season had been performed with out Leonard as a part of his load-management technique.

—Accidents proceed to plague the Golden State Warriors, who can be with out guard Damion Lee for at the very least two weeks on account of a damaged bone in his hand.

The staff mentioned that Lee suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his proper hand throughout Monday’s 122-108 loss to the Utah Jazz. He can be evaluated in two weeks.

He had performed in all 11 video games this season off the Warriors’ bench, averaging factors, Three.9 rebounds and 1.eight assists in 21.9 minutes per sport. The short-handed Warriors are already with out star guards Stephen Curry (hand) and Klay Thompson (knee).

—Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon can have arthroscopic knee surgical procedure Wednesday and be sidelined for about six weeks, coach Mike D’Antoni introduced.

Gordon had an MRI on Tuesday morning after scoring 17 factors within the Rockets’ 122-116 street victory on Monday evening in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Gordon, 30, is averaging simply 10.9 factors in 29.four minutes in 9 video games (two begins) this season. Coming off three straight seasons with 200-plus Three-pointers, he’s capturing simply 28.four p.c from lengthy vary and has extra turnovers (12) than assists (seven).

—The Brooklyn Nets and CEO David Levy “mutually agreed to half methods,” the staff introduced.

Levy was on the job lower than two months, becoming a member of the Nets in mid-September after Joseph Tsai’s buy of the staff was accepted by the NBA’s board of governors.

Oliver Weisberg, CEO of J Tsai Sports activities, was named interim CEO of the Nets and Barclays Heart.

—Discipline Degree Media