While the team's initial announcement on Christmas Day …

While the team’s initial announcement on Christmas Day stated George would be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks, the Clippers are operating under the possibility that George may not return this season, sources told B/R. And despite the momentum surrounding Kawhi Leonard’s rehab from a torn ACL, there remains a healthy dose of skepticism around the league about Leonard retaking the floor in 2021-22 as well.

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Mirjam Swanson: Ty Lue: "With PG back, it takes a load off a lot of guys... he feels good, good enough to play. Biggest thing for him is going to be his conditioning. So we gotta keep an eye on that."
Law Murray: Tyronn Lue today at shootaround said that Paul George and Nicolas Batum practiced yesterday. "I think Nico is going to give it a shot tonight. I think Paul is going to be out." Both George and Batum are listed as questionable. But they're on different sides of questionable.
Law Murray: Clippers rule Paul George out tomorrrow morning vs Magic with a right elbow sprain. It was called a contusion Wednesday, so a bit of a concern, though he was in good spirits today. Nicolas Batum is doubtful with a right ankle sprain suffered Wednesday vs Celtics.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Paul George says his toe and mental game is in a good place. "I just got into a good groove, rhythm, physical, mental space. I know what I need to do... I've been locked in and focused... I've just been at peace, I'm loving and enjoying the game. And the team is coming together."
Paul George said the toe injury he has in his right foot has flared up again and that the LA Clippers are trying to figure out if it will linger for the remainder of the season. George returned on Thursday after missing two games with what was listed as right foot soreness. The All-Star guard shot 5-for-15 and had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the Clippers' 101-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
"It is a day-to-day process, but I'm doing better," George said after logging 31 minutes. "We are trying to figure it out now," George added when asked if this injury could linger this season. "Honestly, we're trying to get on top of it now. Hasn't seemed to go away yet. But at this point it is just managing the soreness and swelling."
The LA Clippers limp into the All-Star break with injury concerns after Paul George suffered a strained left hamstring again and was ruled out of Thursday night's 141-133 double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics. The Clippers announced George was out at halftime because of the same injury that cost him nine straight games in January and a total of 10 games. "He just told me that he felt his hamstring again," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said about when George hurt himself in the first half. "He said it wasn't bad. I said you shouldn't have told me that. I don't think he wanted to come out. But once you tell me your hamstring, you feel anything, we have an All-Star break coming up, it's a no-brainer for us."
Andrew Greif: Paul George said his nose isn’t broken. “I didn’t feel blood start trickling when it first happened and then next thing I know it’s Niagara Falls just flowing.” pic.twitter.com/6wUFJRkDFi
Andrew Greif: Clippers forwards Paul George (hamstring) and Kawhi Leonard (left knee injury management) will *not* play tonight in Atlanta, per the team. Pat Beverley, who left last night’s win in Dallas with a sore right groin, is “doubtful” to play.
Andrew Greif: Paul George will miss his third consecutive game with a strained left hamstring, according to the Clippers injury report. The Clippers play Cleveland tomorrow.
Andrew Greif: Paul George will not travel to Denver for Sunday’s game, and will be re-evaluated after the weekend.
Jonathan Feigen: Paul George out tonight. Doc Rivers said "maybe tomorrow."
Tim MacMahon: Doc Rivers says he expects Paul George to make his Clippers debut tomorrow in New Orleans. Will Kawhi Leonard play on the second night of a back-to-back? “I don’t know yet,” Rivers said. “That was a good question. Nice try.”
Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George plans to make his season debut on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Barring an unexpected setback, the six-time All-Star will take the court for the first since his first-round exit in April when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Paul George will make his franchise debut during upcoming roadtrip to Houston (Wednesday) and New Orleans (Thursday), league sources tell ESPN. George and Clippers still deciding on first game. He had been rehabilitating offseason shoulder surgeries.
JD Shaw: Clippers star Paul George is being listed as OUT for tomorrow’s game. Los Angeles will travel to Houston and play the Rockets on Wednesday.
Moments later, however, Rivers expressed his reservations about George’s return coinciding with Kawhi Leonard facing Toronto for the first time since leaving that franchise last summer as a free agent. “I doubt that he plays [Monday],” Rivers said of George. “But it’s a possibility.”
George said his conditioning is "the least of concern" for him right now. The All-Star is looking to regain his rhythm after undergoing surgery in May to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder and then a month later repairing a partial tear of his left labrum. "I still got some stuff," George said when asked if he feels ready to return. "From a health standpoint, I feel great. But I think just rhythm, especially where these guys are at right now in their season, they're flowing right now. So I just want to come in with an easy transition."
Eric Smith: Paul George practiced today for the Clippers, fully. Live drills etc. Doc Rivers asked..."what's the plan?" ......he says "I don't know yet"
Josh Lewenberg: Paul George returned to practice for the Clippers today. Doc said it's possible he could play in their next game: Monday vs the Raptors. Will he be load managed when he comes back? Doc: "I'm scared of that word."
Malika Andrews: Doc Rivers said Paul George is inching closer to returning to the court for the Clippers, but he has yet to play 5-on-5 live. Rivers couldn’t offer a specific return date, saying only it will be “very, very soon. Possibly our next real practice.”
Paul George was on the bench with his team the entire game and was just as enthusiastic and animated as he would be if he weren’t rehabbing from two shoulder procedures. The All-Star forward is expected to make his season debut in approximately three weeks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Andrew Greif: Paul George: “I’ve dealt with injuries, dealt with rehab...there’s no rush.” Said he’s staying engaged with everything team is doing in practices even if his own participation has been limited to “skeleton” drills.
LA Clippers forward Paul George says he will not play in the pre-season and is targeting a November return from surgeries he had on both shoulders this offseason. In an interview with SportsCenter on Sunday, before the team's annual media day, George said he still has "a little ways to go" in his rehabilitation, but "I'm where I want to be right now at this point in the season almost starting. I like where the progression is going."
Jovan Buha: Paul George told @NBATV he's 85-90 percent, if he had to put a percentage on it. "But I'm close," George said. "I'm happy with where I'm at."
George has been in the training facility practicing and weightlifting for nearly three weeks, as we’ve seen on Instagram. His on-court work has primarily consisted of shooting and finishing-at-the-rim exercises, one-on-one drills to keep his isolation skills sharp and free throws. He has yet to return to full-contact action. But that hasn’t prevented from being in the gym every day, including making late-night trips with Leonard and Lou Williams. “He’s made great progress,” Frank said. “He works his tail off. He’s been terrific. We have a great performance, health and wellness staff. … We put it in their hands. He works extremely hard. He’s extremely excited and motivated. I’m sure you guys have seen some of the stuff that’s been posted. He gets after it.”
When asked if George was ahead of schedule in his recovery, Frank declined to go into specifics. “We don’t talk about timetables,” Frank said. “We leave it up to our medical people to determine that.”
Jovan Buha: Clippers pres. of basketball ops. Lawrence Frank to the media today on Paul George’s status ahead of training camp: “He’s made great progress. He works his tail off. He’s been terrific. ... We have a great performance, health and wellness staff. We put it in their hands. He works extremely hard. He’s extremely excited and motivated. I’m sure you guys have seen some of the stuff that’s been posted. He gets after it.”
My speculative answer: I think George will return around the start of the season on Oct. 22, give or take a couple weeks. The early side is probably early-to-mid October; the late side mid-to-late November. Most people I’ve spoken to around the league are leaning towards the latter, with George likely missing the start of the season. The recovery process from surgery is rarely linear — there can be unforeseen setbacks or progress in the process. There’s enough time — almost two months until he’ll be re-evaluated — for things to change for George. We’ll have a better idea around the start of training camp in late September.
Mirjam Swanson: PG on his return from his shoulder injury: “No set date. I’m progressing really, really well.”
Paul George has undergone two shoulder surgeries since the end of the season. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Friday morning the Thunder will have a better feel for George’s status closer to training camp in late September. George is expected to miss most of preseason as he recovers from surgery to his right rotator cuff and left labrum. “He’s doing well,” Presti said. “He’s going to make a full recovery.”
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