Clippers' Kawhi Leonard plans to play vs. Celtics, alongside Paul George

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And when the Clippers went with a closing lineup late in the game of Beverley, Leonard, George, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, they switched against the Celtics' actions.

Kawhi Leonard will return from a left contusion and play in the Los Angeles Clippers' game on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics.

It's one week before Thanksgiving and the Clippers' interminable preseason had finally ended, as Leonard and George finally took the floor as teammates for the first time.

George has played the past three games after missing the start of the season with injuries to both shoulders. The 29-year-old has posted 29.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from 3-point range in his first three games.

"That was an ugly win, but it was attractive", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

"We need a lot of work, you can see that", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Not a huge lead by any means, but at the rate LA was scoring in this game, it felt like they had a mountain to climb. They didn't have a good offensive performance, yet still found themselves in the game due to their surprisingly efficient defense - something not many saw coming because of the departure of Al Horford.

Tatum's basket left the Celtics down by three. However, Kemba Walker (4-17 FGs), Marcus Smart (1-11 threes) and Jaylen Brown (3-14 FGs) struggled all night with their shots.

After a timeout, Tatum juked Paul George off his feet and banged home a clutch triple to tie the score with 13.1 remaining, leading to OT. The most notable Celtic was none other than Enes Kanter, who had 8 points and 5 rebounds in just 9 minutes.

Tatum had 30 though, and backup point guard Brad Wanamaker came hot off the bench and got 14 points. Theis had 14 rebounds and five fouls. "He knows when it's time to take over".

That dunk and the game-ending block on Walker are reasons why George told ESPN that he has wanted to play alongside Leonard since 2017, when he asked the Indiana Pacers to trade him to San Antonio.

Patrick Beverley is one of those players that teams hate to play against. "Pat makes winning plays", George said.

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