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George (leg) went through a full practice Thursday, Candace Buckner of the Indy Star reports.
George worked with the first team and was not limited, though coach Frank Vogel admitted the star has a ways to go before being ready to return to game action. That said, the goal is for George to get back on the floor at some point before the end of the regular season, but the team is yet to provide a timetable. For now, George will continue to practice with the Pacers' medical staff keeping a very close eye on his surgically repaired leg.
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George (leg) is eyeing a mid-March return from his leg injury, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.March 14 against Boston would be the optimistic return date for George, which would allow him to play in up to 15 regular season games, assuming he sits in one half of the Pacers' three remaining back-to-back sets. Right now the Pacers are two games back of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, but if they were to fall much further back, there is a chance Indiana might scrap this plan if it seems George's return would not be enough to push them into the postseason. In all leagues that run until the end of the season, George should now be picked up right away and stashed as he could be a huge piece down the stretch.
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Larry Bird addressed the media Tuesday and said he has "no idea" if George will return to the court this season.
Bird said the team has not made any decisions with George, but he hinted that if the former All-Star is given the green light by doctors, he sees no reason why he shouldn't play. "I think it's important if he can play, he should be out there," Bird said. George suffered a gruesome leg injury during a Team USA scrimmage over the summer and is expected to be fully recovered in March. While his return likely wouldn't change the Pacers' fortunes this season, it would give him an opportunity to shake off some rust heading into the offeseason.
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George (leg) has started jogging and doing shooting drills, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.
George is still expected to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season, but the progress is surely encouraging. The door hasn't been slammed shut on a postseason return just yet, but the 14-22 Pacers will have to string together some wins in order to make this possible. Coach Frank Vogel remains very dismissive of the idea.
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George (leg) has been conditioning on an underwater treadmill and plans to do some extremely limited stuff on the court in the near future, Vigilant Sports reports.
George continues to say he wants to return before the end of the season, but head coach Frank Vogel said it's "very unlikely that Paul George plays this year." Despite George getting work on the underwater treadmill, he's still a ways away from being anywhere near ready to play, but it's at least good to see he's making progress on the nasty injury he suffered while playing with the USA National Team.
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George (leg) acknowledges that he'll likely miss the entire upcoming season, but is holding out hope of being available if the Pacers make the playoffs, CBS Sports reports.
George is just two months removed from suffering a horrendous leg fracture, an injury that was initially thought to come with a 12 to 18 month timetable for recovery. Although George appeared at Tuesday's media session without crutches or a boot on his leg, it's still highly unlikely that he'll play this season. Nonetheless, the optimistic star swingman is hopeful of beating the odds and suiting up in the event that the Pacers make the playoffs next spring.
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Paul George said that last season's second-half collapse was because the Pacers lost their hunger.
"Before we were hungry," George said. "We started the year off hungry, the bad taste from the year before was in our mouths and everyone was on a mission. Once we started to win, the game was coming too easy. We were running away from our opponents and we just kind of forgot that edge... We weren't the team chasing opponents. We were being chased and we couldn't find that balance between getting that edge back we started the season with." With the departure of Lance Stephenson, George will have to shoulder even more of the offensive workload, and he is primed to have a monster year in his fifth season with Indiana.
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Paul George would like to become a more physical player, and he is working on developing a post-game for next season."I plan on being a lot more physical this year," George said. "I really plan taking contact and wanting to get contact and finishing through contact. That's the next step for me. I've [also] been spending a lot of time [in the post]. A lot of it is just working on footwork stuff and a lot of stuff just off the catch." George is a scary talent in the league, and he put up very impressive averages during his fourth NBA season of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers per game.
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Paul George would like to become a more physical player, and he is working on developing a post-game for next season.
"I plan on being a lot more physical this year," George said. "I really plan taking contact and wanting to get contact and finishing through contact. That's the next step for me. I've [also] been spending a lot of time [in the post]. A lot of it is just working on footwork stuff and a lot of stuff just off the catch." George is a scary talent in the league, and he put up very impressive averages during his fourth NBA season of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers per game.
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Paul George reiterated his desire to have Lance Stephenson return with Pacers next season.
"I do want Lance coming back," George said. "I love being teammates with Lance. If he needs any words or anything to talk about, I'm always here for Lance." Now that the big names of free agency are off the board, offers will likely start coming in for Stephenson. He turned down the Pacers initial offer of 5-years, $44 million, and there hasn't been a new offer from Indiana's side up to this point.