Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who has been out since Jan. 3 with a separated right shoulder, will make his return Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
After Paul went through his first practice with the team since his injury, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “He looked great. We plan on playing him.”
ESPNLosAngeles.com had earlier reported that Sunday would mark Paul’s return.
Paul has been shooting and participating in contact drills for the past week but Saturday was the Clippers’ first practice in over two weeks. Paul has missed the past 18 games and the Clippers are 12-6 during that stretch.
“I think it’s going to take Chris some time to get his rhythm back,” Rivers said before practice. “That’s why I am hoping he is healthy and we can play him Sunday, have a practice on Tuesday and play him Wednesday. I think that helps. I think it’s going to take a couple weeks for him to get his rhythm back, no doubt.” ESPN
The Clippers have weathered the Chris Paul injury with a .667 winning percentage during his 18 game absence. Blake Griffin has been phenomenal and everyone else has stepped up appropriately leading to the Clippers having the most efficient offense in the league during this span.
The defense still needs improvement but this team will not be an easy exit for anyone in the postseason. – AL