Clippers star wing, Paul George is expected to return on Tuesday against the Utah Jazz after missing the last three months with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

He suffered the injury on Dec. 22 and despite an initial diagnosis of 3-4 weeks, he suffered a setback that increased the recovery time. George averaged 24.7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists per game prior to the injury. The Clippers, who have also been without Kawhi Leonard this season due to injury, are currently eighth in the Western Conference. 

This news comes at a good time for the Clippers. They have been on a downward spiral, having lost five straight games for the first time since January 2019. Getting George back is as much of an emotional lift as it is on the court. Playing without their two leading stars, the Clippers have done well to fight for a play-in spot. Adding Paul George back into the mix should solidify their place as the 8th seed. 

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The Clippers came into the season expecting Paul George to carry them until Kawhi Leonard returned to the court. They need George to provide them with the firepower to make the playoffs. They will also be hopeful that Paul George isn’t the only player returning. They haven’t closed the door on Leonard or Powell coming back. 

If the Clippers can enter the postseason with George, then they will retain a championship ceiling. No matter what their situation is, expect the Clippers to be a difficult matchup for any opponent when the playoffs come around.