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It would appear that Los Angeles Clippers fans will have to wait longer than originally expected to witness a word-beating starting five that features both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
The Clips still have yet to disclose a timetable of a return for PG13, who is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. However, head coach Doc Rivers claimed on Saturday that the six-time All-Star will be shelved for at least LA's first 10 games.
In other words, George, at the earliest, could return for a mid-November tilt against the Rockets.
It's certainly not the worst news that Clippers fans could have received regarding George's shoulder, but not having him in the lineup for roughly the first month of the new campaign is still a buzzkill.
And now, we can all agree that the mouth-watering opening night matchup between the Clips and Lakers can be knocked down a few stars in the wake of George's update and Anthony Davis' sprained thumb.
Without George, the Clippers obviously still have more than enough talent to get by. The Claw, Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, and Montrezl Harrell, along with a deep bench that flaunts Lou Williams, will handle the majority of the burden until the 29-year-old superstar is cleared to return.