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After a foot fracture sidelined him for nearly two months, Los Angeles Clippers guard Norman Powell plans to make his return to the lineup against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, sources said.
Powell, who was upgraded to “questionable” for the game this afternoon, intends to warmup pregame before a final decision is made about his availability tonight, sources said.
Powell’s return is significant for Clippers team that recently reincorporated All-Star forward Paul George back into the lineup and preparing for the start of the Western Conference playoffs next week. Powell and George would be playing together for the first time this season. The Clippers are 39-40 and locked securely in the eighth spot for next week’s Play-in tournament.
Powell is averaging a career-high 18.8 points on 41 percent three-point shooting this season. Prior to the injury, he played only three games with the Clippers following a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers that included Robert Covington joining him in Los Angeles.
Powell signed a five-year, $90 million with Portland in August, where he had been traded from Toronto at the February 2021 trade deadline. Powell spent his first five-plus seasons with the Raptors, where he developed from a second-round pick out of UCLA into a key member of playoff teams and a 2019 NBA champion.
Source: ESPN NBA