(via Welcome to Loud City)

The Los Angeles Clippers have never seen a summer akin to the one they experienced a few months ago. After years of a subpar existence, they signed two of the biggest names in the game — practically becoming Championship contenders overnight.

But the season ahead will present a number of challenges, including an early fight with the injury-bug.

According to USA Today writer Mark Medina, the Clippers have yet to issue a timetable for Paul George’s return and could be out as late as mid-November.

George’s shoulder has been a problem for years and limited his performance in last season’s playoffs. Obviously, it will take more time than expected for him to recover.

As one of the best two-way players in the game, Paul George could be the difference between making the playoffs and winning the Finals for the Clippers. He will need to be fully healthy for them to maximize their chances this postseason.

George averaged 28 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game on 43% shooting last season.