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5 NBA things to know for Nov. 13

Jeff Case, NBA.com

Get up to speed on the latest NBA news, plus a quick look at some storylines and tidbits worth noting today:

1. George’s debut! (Or maybe not just yet): Will Paul George suit up? That’s the question on the minds of LA Clippers fans as a showdown with the Houston Rockets looms (7:30 ET, ESPN). George is listed as “questionable” against the Rockets and per the latest reports, it seems more likely he’ll play Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans (8 ET, League Pass). Either way, this is one story to keep an eye on as game time nears.

2. Thomas back in Boston as a starter: Back in the 2016-17 season, Isaiah Thomas was an All-Star and legit Kia MVP candidate for the Celtics. Since then, he’s been traded twice and played for four different teams, including his present one — the Washington Wizards. Thomas seems to be regaining some of his old ways and is a starter again as his return to Boston looms (7:30 ET, League Pass). Snagging a win — and ending the Celtics’ eight-game win streak — against the team that traded him to Cleveland in 2017 would no doubt be sweet for Thomas.

3. They know what it’s like …: Golden State plays host to the Los Angeles Lakers (10 ET, ESPN), who are unsure of star big man Anthony Davis’ status after he took “a shot” to the ribs Tuesday night. The latest word is he’s unlikely to play. But if anyone understands the trials of being without superstars this season, it is the Warriors. They just got Draymond Green back in the lineup, but their patchwork crew must stay competitive with a Lakers team that ranks in the top three this month in second-half Defensive Rating.

4. Wiggins starting to heat up: The Timberwolves and Spurs each find themselves in a surprising space so far this season, namely that Minnesota is still in the West chase and San Antonio is off to a slower-than-usual start. As Minnesota readies for San Antonio (8 ET, League Pass), it can look to the recent sizzling play from Andrew Wiggins. He’s averaging 30.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.6 blocks per game over his last five games as the Wolves have won two of their last three.

5. A look back at Mourning’s journey: Back on this date in 1992, Alonzo Mourning made his NBA debut with the Charlotte Hornets. His performance (12 points, three rebounds, one block) were hardly indicative of the career the future seven-time All-Star, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and Hall of Famer would amass. Still, everyone starts somewhere and today, we remember that moment with a look back at Mourning’s stellar (if often overlooked) career.

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