Report: Paul George plans to make Clippers debut against Pelicans on Thursday

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Paul George said he’s “tired of rehabbing.”

The Clippers star’s absence will end soon.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

Paul George plans to make his season debut on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Clippers (7-3) have been impressing without George. When he returns, they’ll have an opportunity to surge to an even higher level.

It’s unclear when we’ll see the highly anticipated Kawhi Leonard-George duo, though. The Clippers have a back-to-back in Houston on Wednesday and in New Orleans on Thursday. At last update, Leonard wasn’t healthy enough to play back-to-backs.

The Clippers-Rockets game is nationally televised, so – based on NBA guidelines – Leonard should play in that one. But the league also allowed the Clippers to sit Leonard during the nationally televised leg of a back-to-back earlier this season. So, who knows?

If not Thursday, Leonard and George could debut together against the Hawks on Saturday.