Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul made his return to the court Sunday night.
Paul scored seven points on three-of-six shooting, dished out eight assists, recorded four steals and grabbed two rebounds in just 23 minutes during the Clippers’ 123-78 destruction of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Because he has returned, Paul will be participating in Sunday’s All-Star Game.
“It’s one of those things where it was all about me getting healthy,” Paul told Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles. “Even though the All-Star Game is an honor and a privilege, for me, it’s more important to be healthy and be out there for my team and my teammates. The All-Star Game was second on that list but I feel good.”
Paul spent his first six seasons in New Orleans, so he is excited to return this weekend.
“It’s New Orleans,” Paul said. “Anybody who knows me knows how much I love the city and miss the city of New Orleans. It’s not Bourbon Street; it’s not the beignets that make the city of New Orleans. It’s the people. As much as I’m excited to get down to New Orleans for All-Star weekend, the thing I’m most excited about is seeing those familiar faces that became a part of my family.”
Paul is averaging 19.2 points, 11.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game this season.