Paul George SG/SF IND 2 months ago1 Comment

George (calf) won't participate in the USA Basketball mini-camp this August, Vigilant Sports reports. "I'll probably shut down this summer, just because it's probably smart for me health wise just to take that week to rest and do it good justice for my body," George said.

George will still attempt to play for the Olympic team during the summer of 2016. This summer, he's participated in roughly four pick-up games against college and high school kids as he's nearly one year removed from suffering a compound fracture in his right leg. Based on previous reports, both Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel expect George to play meaningful minutes at power forward, a near certainty given their depth at that position.

Paul George SG/SF IND 2 months ago

George (calf) will play more power forward this season, Vigilant Sports reports. Coach Vogel said, "We're going to try to get up and down the floor a lot more than we have, be more of a running team, play (with) a little bit more pace but also playing George at the four some maybe a lot could give us an entirely different look."

Kevin Pritchard, the Pacers' general manager, believes George could spend anywhere from 10-20 minutes at power forward in any given game, depending on the matchup. The Pacers are thin at that position, and unless they make any more moves before the start of the season, Lavoy Allen may be the only other worthy candidate for the spot.

Paul George SG/SF IND 3 months ago

George (calf) said he's been working out this offseason but is not quite 100 percent, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports. "I'm back working out," George said. "I'm back punching that clock again and trying to pick up where I left off last summer. I'm doing everything I want. I'm not playing live action right now. That's going to take some time, but there's been no limitations to what I can do on the court."

George is now 10 months removed from the grisly compound fracture he suffered during a Team USA scrimmage last summer. The forward returned to play in six games at the end of the season, but he suffered a strained left calf in the Pacers' regular season finale. The injury has left him limited, but with several months before the start of training camp, George should be able to work his way back to 100 percent well before the fall. The question is whether George will be able to regain the athleticism that made him such an effective player prior to the broken leg.

Paul George SG/SF IND 3 months ago

George missed the majority of the 2014-15 season recovering from a broken right leg. He returned for the final six games of the season and averaged 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.5 three-pointers in 15 minutes per game.

George didn't have his physical conditioning at an NBA level when he returned at the end of the season, but he should be back to full health sometime during the offseason. He is currently recovering from a calf strain that he suffered in the team's final game of the season, but that should be fully healed before training camp opens around the start of October. George should be treated as a first-round pick in 8-category leagues when making keeper decisions this offseason. If Roy Hibbert and David West decline their player options, George may have to shoulder a large portion of the Pacers' frontcourt minutes next season, and president Larry Bird has already acknowledged that the team plans to use George as a stretch power forward in smaller and faster lineups.

Paul George SG/SF IND 3 months ago

George (calf) is still working his way back from the calf injury he suffered at the end of the season, Vigiliant Sports reports.

George left the Pacers' regular-season finale with a left calf strain, and he's still working his way back to full health. After sitting out the first 76 games of the regular season, he played in the final six games for the Pacers, averaging 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers in 15 minutes per game. The leg fractures George suffered while playing with Team USA last summer shouldn't hindered his career moving forward, so when drafting George next season, it should be safe to treat him as if the injury had never happened and look to draft him in the first round.

Paul George SG/SF IND 3 months ago

George is expected to see time at power forward next season, the Indianapolis Star reports. "David [West] is our starter, but when we go smaller we'd like to see Paul maybe play some '4'," Pacers President Larry Bird said.

George missed the first 76 games of the 2014-15 season with a broken right leg. He should be back to full health for the 2015-16 season, and Bird stated he'd like to see George play some power forward. If George plays at the four, he could see an increase in his rebounding and field goal percentage numbers as he plays closer to the basket.

Paul George SG/SF IND 5 months ago

George (calf) is dealing with a calf strain, Vigilant Sports reports.

George left Wednesday's season finale with what appeared to be a serious leg injury, but it turns out the swingman only strained his calf. Coach Frank Vogel said George is without a timetable for recovery, but it doesn't look to be anything overly serious. He'll likely be limited for a few weeks before ramping up basketball activity in anticipation of starting next season at full strength. "He's got a tough road ahead of him," team president Larry Bird said. "He's still got a lot of work to do. But he's excited about it and hopefully next year when he comes back he'll be close to 100 percent."

Paul George SG/SF IND 5 months ago

George left Wednesday's game with a sore left calf and is questionable to return, Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star reports.

The early diagnosis of George's injury is promising, and the injury is not to the same leg he injured last summer, but he is dealing with a new injury regardless. George was taken to the locker room after exiting Wednesday's game, and the Pacers figure to provide another update on his status in the near future.

Paul George SG/SF IND 5 months ago1 Comment

George was carried off the floor in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game with an apparent left leg injury.

The injury is not to the same leg that George injured last summer, but the manner in which he exited the game did not look promising. Expect George's status to be updated as more details become available.

Paul George SG/SF IND 5 months ago

George played 18 minutes and scored 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT) in the double-overtime win against the Wizards on Tuesday.

George almost stayed within his 15-minute limit. He helped force the second overtime by tying the game with a 20-foot jumper with 22 seconds remaining in the first overtime. George continues to put up decent scoring numbers (10.2 points) in limited minutes (15.4 in his last five games).