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April 17, 2015 Updates

Paul George was diagnosed on site with a left calf strain. He has since gotten an MRI, which confirmed the trainer’s opinion. “There’s no timetable on his recovery but it’s not considered serious,” coach Frank Vogel said Friday after his end of the season wrap-up press conference. The good news is that it’s not an injury to the right leg he fractured on August 1, but instead his left one. Overcompensating and an increased workload was likely the cause. George was carried back to the locker room by teammates David West and Donald Sloan. Vigilant Sports

April 16, 2015 Updates

Inside a quiet Pacers' locker room where the only sound was the water pressure from the showers, George spoke in a low voice. He tried to highlight the positives after enduring this latest setback, but judging from his somber tone, George had a tough time searching for the silver lining. "Just came off a screen and felt a pop, but they looked at it and it's nothing more than just a calf strain," George said, slowly. "It wasn't a knee injury but it's tough, you work so hard in rehab and have something else pop up. The good thing is, I know we've got a long summer and a lot to look forward to." Indianapolis Star

The Indiana Pacers got a scare Wednesday night when forward Paul George had to be carried off the court by teammates midway through the fourth quarter of their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pacers said he had a sore left calf. "Nothing serious," coach Frank Vogel said. "He got kicked pretty strongly in his calf, and it caused a calf strain." ESPN.com

Now, George waits to find out the extent of his calf strain. However, George has already accepted that he soon must take on a new road to complete recovery. "It's motivation just to get back to who I was but I'm going to be smart about it," George said. "I don't know whether it was overcompensating being on the left or what but I'm motivated to make sure that this right leg is strong as my left, so nothing like this pops up again. It is frustrating but the good thing is I have a whole summer ahead of me and a lot to look forward to working out." Indianapolis Star

April 14, 2015 Updates
April 10, 2015 Updates

Limited to a playing time restriction in the 15-minute range, George still scored 10 points. He has countered rust with aggressiveness and refused to settle for jumpers even if it resulted in some clunky-looking drives. “He’s a little slow right now but he’ll be fine once he gets his rhythm and his legs under him,” said Lance Thomas, one of several Knicks assigned to defend George Wednesday. “He’s a warrior for doing what he did to get back out there. … He just overcame a horrific event.” Washington Post

April 9, 2015 Updates
April 8, 2015 Updates

Andrea Bargnani will end his season injured but playing as the Italian forward attempts to salvage his career and reputation. According to a team source, Bargnani suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb last week. The injury to Bargnani’s non-shooting hand will not prevent him from playing in the Knicks’ final five games, including Wednesday at the Garden against returning star Paul George and the Indiana Pacers (34-43). New York Daily News

April 7, 2015 Updates
April 6, 2015 Updates

During the Pacers' 112-89 win, George played 15 minutes and scored 13 points (5-of-12 from the floor with three 3-pointers) and picked up two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Though George also turned the ball over three times and picked up just as many fouls, the Pacers (34-43) outscored the Heat by 12 while he was on the floor. So, he's back. And throughout the NBA, even rivals recognized the moment. "There's been a lot of injury stories this year, but that's one of the good stories," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We all saw it on TV. Even from a competitor's standpoint, it was great to see that he's back out on the court. It has to come on our game, who cares? The fact that an injured player is back, we're not hiding from competition." USA Today Sports

LeBron James: Absolutely great day for my Nike Brother and homie @ygtrece! Congrats man on the journey all the way to this point. Like Pops said from Friday "It's not the size of the Dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the Dog". Welcome back PG13 #NikeBrotherHood #StriveForGreatness Instagram

April 5, 2015 Updates

As the USA Basketball coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski was one of many who watched in horror when Paul George broke his leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in August. And now, as George prepares to return to the court, a happy coincidence provided Krzyzewski an opportunity to wish him well on his return. For The Win

After spending months in rigorous rehabilitation, undergoing two surgeries on his fractured right leg and vacillating between states of doubt and hope, Paul George will finally return to the court. As the Indiana Pacers host the Miami Heat on Sunday night, George will play 10-15 minutes off the bench in the latest step in the recovery process. "It's almost (like) being drafted again," George said, "and getting thrown back out there for the first time and fans getting a glimpse of their newest player, it's that same feel." Indianapolis Star

Before the team left, there was a ceremony where Four-Star General Martin Dempsey, the United States current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the USA team with honorary dog tags. Since Paul was unable to participate in the ceremony, General Dempsey will present Paul with his honorary dog tags on April 5 before the game. NBA.com

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