George underwent a procedure to repair a partially torn tendon in his right rotator cuff Tuesday and is expected to remain sidelined through at least the start of training camp, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
George and the Thunder played it coy with details over the second half of the season, but he was clearly impacted after initially suffering the injury against the Nuggets on Feb. 26. At that point, George was enjoying the best statistical season of his career and had forced his way into the MVP debate, but his numbers -- and the Thunder's record -- tailed off over the final month-and-a-half of the regular season, as George shot just 39.7 percent from the field -- including 34 percent from three -- over the final 23 games. George also battled a smaller tear in his left labrum, and he's expected to undergo another procedure to address that issue in the near future. The All-Star will face a multi-month recovery period, but the hope is he'll be cleared for full contact at some point during training camp or preseason in the fall. May 07 5:36 pm (EST)
- George furnished 36 points (14-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-8 FT), nine rebounds and three assists across 42 minutes during the Thunder's 118-115 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Tuesday.
- George tallied 32 points (8-21 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 12-14 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes Sunday in the Thunder's 111-98 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the series.
- George delivered 22 points (3-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 14-17 FT), six rebounds, six assists and one steal across 41 minutes during the Thunder's 120-108 win over the Trail Blazers during Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday. All Paul George News
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