Paul George practiced with the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday for the first time since tearing his UCL in December. This, according to the Clippers, is the next step in his rehab and ramp-up process for a potential return.
“We don’t know yet (about when he could come back), but he’s doing good,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said, via Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “He hasn’t felt any pain, so that’s a positive thing. Just working on his conditioning and just making sure he can continue to go through the minimal contact without having any issues. As of right now it hasn’t been a problem.”
George last played on Dec. 22, and Los Angeles has gone 19-23 since then, with a -3.0 point differential. The eighth-place Clippers are 36-38 on the season overall, with a -1.4 point differential.
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Before the injury, George was carrying a heavy load for Los Angeles, as Kawhi Leonard has been out for the entire season. In 26 games, George averaged 24.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists, with a career-high 33.2 percent usage rate and a career-low 52.8 percent true shooting percentage. In his absence, Reggie Jackson…