Reports: Paul George 'likely' out next season after traumatic injury

Paul George suffered a serious injury Friday.  (USATSI)
Paul George suffered a serious injury Friday. (USATSI)

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Pacers forward Paul George who was injured Friday night in the Team USA scrimmage reportedly cleared surgery to repair a compound fracture Friday night and early indications are positive. 

Team USA released a brief statement following surgery, describing it as "successful." George suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture and is expected to remain hospitalized for three days.

Given the graphic nature of the injury any return next season seemed implausible at the ouset. The impacts for the Pacers will be wide-ranging and there's a very real chance that their season could be a lost one from the get-go due to George's injury. 

But given how bad the initial indications of the injury were, any good news is welcome and in these very early moments after surgery, there does at least pose some hope that George's injury won't be career-ending.

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