Chris Paul to make preseason debut Sunday

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Chris Paul is back in action. After offseason thumb surgery for an injury sustained in Team USA practice, Paul was only cleared for basketball activity in the last week. But late Friday night, the Clippers announced that Paul’s going to get run in the Clippers’ preseason game Sunday:

Paul, who was medically cleared for full contact three days ago, is expected to make his preseason debut Sunday, Oct. 14 when the Clippers take on the Miami Heat at Mercedes-Benz Arena in the second matchup of the 2012 NBA China Games.

via PAUL EXPECTED TO PLAY SUNDAY | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS.

Paul doesn’t need a lot of time, and it’ll mostly be just to get the rust off him most likely. But it’ll be good to give him time with Jamal Crawford and some of the new bench bigs just to develop chemistry. Eric Bledsoe has been electric in the preseason so the Clips have the depth to operate. It just comes down to how much time Paul thinks he needs to knock the rust off.

The good news is barring setbacks, this means Paul should be great for the season opener.