It remains unclear whether George (shoulder) will be available to begin the regular season, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
George underwent surgery on both shoulders during the offseason, and while his camp is yet to comment on his recovery, it's being speculated that the forward could end up missing time to begin the year. Buha notes that, in his opinion, the best-case scenario is still that George is ready for opening night (Oct. 22), but it's entirely possible that his recovery drags into the month of November. With their eyes on a title, the Clippers won't push George to return before he's 100 percent healthy, so it does seem rather likely that he could be limited through the first few weeks of the regular season.
George said Wednesday that there's "no set date" for him to make his Clippers debut while he recovers from offseason surgeries on both shoulders, Ben Golliver of The Washington Post reports.
Though he turned in the best season of his career in 2018-19, George faded down the stretch while playing through a sore right shoulder. Shortly after the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs in late April, George underwent a procedure to repair a partially torn tendon in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder, then went under the knife again a month later to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. The pair of surgeries didn't deter the Clippers from swooping in to acquire George earlier this month, even with the knowledge that his availability for the start of the regular season could be in question. Further clarity on where exactly George stands in his recovery may not come until the Clippers hold training camp, but the potential of him missing multiple games early in the season could make the forward one of the riskier first- or second-round selections in fantasy drafts.
The Clippers agreed Saturday to acquire George from the Thunder in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Galllinari, four unprotected future first-round picks, one protected future first-round pick and two pick swaps, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
According to Wojnarowski, free agent Kawhi Leonard and George desired to play together in 2019-20, prompting George's agent, Aaron Mintz, to submit a trade request to Thunder general manager Sam Presti in recent days. With Leonard informing the Clippers that he would sign a four-year deal with the team if it could acquire George, the front office was able to bring the two superstars together by surrendering several assets to Oklahoma City. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, George could miss the first weeks of the regular season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but when healthy, he and Leonard make the Clippers a viable title contender. George shouldn't see much of a dip in his production after averaging a career-high 28.0 points to go with 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.8 three-pointers and 2.2 steals in 36.9 minutes per game in 2018-19.
George announced that both of his shoulders are healthy, via his personal Twitter account.
While it's still possible George misses some preseason action, this news seems to indicate that his recovery has gone well. Some more time may pass before we get an official team confirmation regarding his availability for training camp, however.
George (shoulder) could be sidelined for the start of the Thunder's preseason schedule while recovering from the right rotator cuff and left labrum surgeries he required in May, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
General manager Sam Presti said Friday that George is "doing well" in his recovery, but the Thunder won't have a better feel for his status until training camp commences in September. Even if George is withheld from action early in the preseason, the Thunder don't appear to be fearing his availability for the start of the 2019-20 campaign. So long as George is good to go for the season opener, he should remain a viable building block in fantasy drafts.
George underwent surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder to repair a tear in his labrum, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
In early May, George underwent surgery on his right shoulder to address a partially torn rotator cuff. This most recent surgery on his other shoulder won't affect his overall timetable, however. George will be reassessed around the start of training camp with the hopes of being cleared for preseason action.
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.
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's scoring total paced the Thunder in their series-ending loss, capping off a sensational string of games for the All-Star forward. It clearly seemed George was struggling with his troublesome shoulder to some degree throughout the series, but he still managed to average 28.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals across 40.8 minutes over the five games. George also put together an MVP-caliber season with career bests across the stat sheet, and he'll strive to top himself against next season as the Thunder look to rebound from a third straight first-round playoff exit.
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's counting stats were nice, but the Thunder needed a more efficient outing from the wing with Russell Westbrook enduring a miserable 5-for-21 night from the field and none of the team's supporting players rising to the occasion. Though he remains a two-way force, George hasn't been as effective as a scorer since returning from a three-game absence due to a shoulder injury in early March. In his 22 outings since, George has knocked down 39.8 percent of his attempts from the field and 34.1 percent of his attempts from distance.
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.
George endured an absolutely forgettable night from the field, but he salvaged his final line to a large extent with a game-high 17 visits to the free-throw line. The veteran wing has scored at least Friday's 22 points in each of the series' first three games, although he's been far from efficient overall. George has now shot well under 40.0 percent in two contests against the Trail Blazers, and he's posted a sub-30.0 percent success rate from three-point range in each of Games 1-3. Although George has insisted his troublesome shoulder isn't bothering him, there seems to be plenty of evidence to support the notion it's having an adverse impact to some degree.
George finished with 27 points (11-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 41 minutes during Tuesday's 114-94 loss to Portland.
George led the Thunder with 27 points but unfortunately received very little support on the offensive end. He continues to battle with an ongoing shoulder issue but did appear somewhat untroubled in this one. The fact he played 41 minutes indicates he should be good to go for what is now a must-win game Friday. A loss would see the Thunder fall behind 3-0 with a comeback highly unlikely from that position.
George went through all aspects of Monday's practice and insists his shoulder is pain-free, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
George claims that his shoulder issue is behind him, but he was spotted with a big bag of ice on the shoulder following Monday's practice session, per NBC Sports Northwest. This is good news if true, although he struggled mightily with his shot in Game 1 against Portland and will attempt to find his rhythm Tuesday in Game 2.
George recorded 26 points (8-24 FG, 4-15 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 rebounds, and four steals in 43 minutes during Sunday's 104-99 Game 1 loss to the Trail Blazers.
George returned to the lineup after missing the regular season finale with a right shoulder injury. He struggled with his shot in this one, which suggests he's indeed still dealing with some discomfort. Nevertheless, George salvaged his stat line by hauling in boards galore and swiping several steals.
George (shoulder) is available to play and will start in Sunday's playoff contest against Portland, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
No surprise here as George will return to the court for Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs after missing the season finale against the Bucks with a right shoulder injury. There is no mention of a possible minutes restriction as well, so expect George to be a full-go for Sunday's matchup against Portland.
George (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's playoff matchup against the Trail Blazers, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
George missed Wednesday's season finale against the Bucks with right shoulder soreness and the same injury is making him appear on the injury report for Sunday's Game 1 contest. The Fresno State product will reportedly be a game-time call Sunday and any news confirming his status should surface soon. If George is ruled out however, Abdel Nader may be in line for a spot start.
George (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
George intimated earlier in the week that he expects to play, so his listing may simply be a formality. Still, it's worth noting that he's dealing with some discomfort and may be less than 100 percent in the early goings of the postseason.
George (shoulder) said he expects to play in Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
George revealed that the shoulder injury that kept him out of Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bucks is somewhat serious, as he was in far too much pain to take the floor, but it looks like it is going to take a lot more than that to keep the All-Star forward out of the lineup in Game 1. Head coach Billy Donovan said George is day-to-day, but it looks like he is on track to play barring any setbacks.
Head coach Billy Donovan said George (shoulder) is day-to-day, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
The Thunder didn't go through a legitimate practice Friday, so it's unclear where George is at physically, but more clarity on his status should come Saturday. At this point, it would still be fairly surprising if George was not healthy enough to play in Sunday's Game 1 in Portland, but there is still a lot that needs to be cleared up regarding his health.
George (shoulder) has been listed as inactive for Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Despite playing 42 minutes and hitting a game-winner Tuesday against Houston, George won't play in Wednesday's season-finale against Milwaukee due to a right shoulder injury that's continued to hamper him for the past month. In his absence, look for Abdel Nader and Hamidou Diallo to see a boost in minutes.
George (shoulder) will be a game-time decision Wednesday against the Bucks, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
George's shoulder continues to bother him, and it may prevent him from playing in the regular-season finale. He'll warm up and see how it feels before a final decision is made.
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