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Chris Paul back in Clippers lineup. L.A. hosts Philadelphia tonight

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All-star point guard Chris Paul returns to the Clippers lineup tonight with Los Angeles hosting the Philadelphia 76ers.

Paul, who is averaging 20 points and a league-high 11 assists, separated his shoulder in the third quarter against the Mavericks in Dallas on January 3rd and - according to Clippers coach Doc Rivers - is ready to go.

As for back court mate J. J. Redick - who sat out the last two games with back and hip issues - he'll still be in street clothes for this one against the Sixers.

This is the third of five-game home stand for the Clippers (35-18) who split the first two games losing to the two-time world champion Miami Heat this past Wednesday and beating the Toronto Raptors Friday night.

The Clippers were better than expected without Paul in the lineup going 12-6 in his absence. With him in the lineup, Los Angeles was averaging 106 points per game. Without him the average went up to 109 per game.

None-the-less, the Clippers are thrilled to have their floor-general back in sneakers.

Forward Blake Griffin has played his best basketball of his career taking over as the floor leader in Paul's absence averaging 24 points and ten boards per game. Center DeAndre Jordan has been - and I can't stop calling his game this because it is - "Bill Russell-esque" knocking down ten points and grabbing 14 boards per game.

Paul had 25 points and 13 assists to lead Los Angeles to a 94-83 victory at Philadelphia in December. Griffin added 26 points and Jordan pulled down 21 rebounds in the win over the 76ers (15-36).

Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 11 boards in that game while Evan turner led Philadelphia with 25 points.

Philadelphia has lost its last five games. Tip-off is set for 6:40 from Staples Center.

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