When Chase Center opens its doors for the Warriors' first regular-season game there Oct. 24, one of the NBA's biggest stars will be on the shelf.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George, who underwent two shoulder surgeries during the offseason, told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne at Clippers Media Day that he will be out until “November-ish,” thus putting him out of the marquee opening-week game against Golden State.
The return date for Paul George is a bit of a moving target. But he told me today he’s out all of training camp and hoping to be back “November-ish” catch the full interview in @SportsCenter later today.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) September 29, 2019
The Clippers are considered the favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA championship after a wild offseason in which they acquired George and reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
Expectations are sky high for coach Doc Rivers’ squad, who retain quality role players Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell, all of whom helped the No. 8-seeded Clips push the No. 1-seeded Warriors to six games in the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs.
The Warriors, after being prohibitive title favorites for years, now are back among playoff hopefuls after Kevin Durant left Golden State for Brooklyn and Klay Thompson will miss most of the season after tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. While many pundits still expect the Warriors to still make the playoffs -- they have Steph Curry, Draymond Green and newly acquired D’Angelo Russell, after all -- they will need every win they can get. With George sidelined for the Warriors’ home opener, that game becomes significantly more winnable for Golden State.
The Warriors and Clippers don’t square off again until Jan. 10, at which point George is expected to be fully healthy.