Eric Smith: Paul George practiced today for the Clippers, fully. Live drills etc. Doc Rivers asked…”what’s the plan?” ……he says “I don’t know yet”
Josh Lewenberg: Paul George returned to practice for the Clippers today. Doc said it's possible he could play in their next game: Monday vs the Raptors. Will he be load managed when he comes back? Doc: "I'm scared of that word."
In terms of a specific return date for George, sources tell The Athletic the Clippers are focused on the back-to-back set of road games at Houston (Nov. 13) and New Orleans (Nov. 14). If he plays against the Rockets, he’s not expected to play in the Pelicans game.
Malika Andrews: Doc Rivers said Paul George is inching closer to returning to the court for the Clippers, but he has yet to play 5-on-5 live. Rivers couldn’t offer a specific return date, saying only it will be “very, very soon. Possibly our next real practice.”
Brett Dawson: Paul George hasn’t done any live portions of practice but Doc Rivers says he tried to sneak into a live session in the Clippers last practice, “unsuccessfully.” He’s getting close.
In terms of a specific return date for Paul George, sources tell The Athletic the Clippers are focused on the back-to-back set of road games at Houston (Nov. 13) and New Orleans (Nov. 14). If he plays against the Rockets, he’s not expected to play in the Pelicans game.
Jovan Buha: Here's Doc Rivers' full quote on Paul George: "He's been going hard. He's doing more live work. Just not in a 5-on-5 yet. Hopefully, next week we start doing that. I'll give you that much. Then we go from there."
Paul George was on the bench with his team the entire game and was just as enthusiastic and animated as he would be if he weren’t rehabbing from two shoulder procedures. The All-Star forward is expected to make his season debut in approximately three weeks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Mark Medina: Doc Rivers said Paul George will go through non contact drills through all of training camp. Not clear when he’ll start doing full contact work. He’s doing some spot shooting drills right now
Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers said Kawhi Leonard continues to add to his workload each day. He essentially confirmed Leonard won’t play in Hawaii. Paul George will maintain the same workload for the next week or so.
Andrew Greif: Paul George: “I’ve dealt with injuries, dealt with rehab...there’s no rush.” Said he’s staying engaged with everything team is doing in practices even if his own participation has been limited to “skeleton” drills.
LA Clippers forward Paul George says he will not play in the pre-season and is targeting a November return from surgeries he had on both shoulders this offseason. In an interview with SportsCenter on Sunday, before the team's annual media day, George said he still has "a little ways to go" in his rehabilitation, but "I'm where I want to be right now at this point in the season almost starting. I like where the progression is going."
"I will be out of the preseason," George told ESPN. "As of now, I'll be out of October fully, but who knows? We'll see. In the November range is our target date."
Ramona Shelburne: Note: The Clippers knew Paul George could and probably would miss first few weeks of the season when they traded for him. November has been the target, albeit a moving one.
Ramona Shelburne: The return date for Paul George is a bit of a moving target. But he told me today he’s out all of training camp and hoping to be back “November-ish” catch the full interview in @SportsCenter later today.
Mark Medina: Paul George on his health: "I'm pretty good. I'll be in camp starting this week." He does not think he'll do contact, but he'll do 5-on-0 drills.
Jovan Buha: Paul George told @NBATV he's 85-90 percent, if he had to put a percentage on it. "But I'm close," George said. "I'm happy with where I'm at."
Frank said that George has “made great progress” since having off-season surgery on his left shoulder, but declined to provide a timetable on his possible return.
George has been in the training facility practicing and weightlifting for nearly three weeks, as we’ve seen on Instagram. His on-court work has primarily consisted of shooting and finishing-at-the-rim exercises, one-on-one drills to keep his isolation skills sharp and free throws. He has yet to return to full-contact action. But that hasn’t prevented from being in the gym every day, including making late-night trips with Leonard and Lou Williams. “He’s made great progress,” Frank said. “He works his tail off. He’s been terrific. We have a great performance, health and wellness staff. … We put it in their hands. He works extremely hard. He’s extremely excited and motivated. I’m sure you guys have seen some of the stuff that’s been posted. He gets after it.”
When asked if George was ahead of schedule in his recovery, Frank declined to go into specifics. “We don’t talk about timetables,” Frank said. “We leave it up to our medical people to determine that.”
Jovan Buha: Clippers pres. of basketball ops. Lawrence Frank to the media today on Paul George’s status ahead of training camp: “He’s made great progress. He works his tail off. He’s been terrific. ... We have a great performance, health and wellness staff. We put it in their hands. He works extremely hard. He’s extremely excited and motivated. I’m sure you guys have seen some of the stuff that’s been posted. He gets after it.”
Jovan Buha: On if PG is ahead of schedule at this point in his recovery: Frank: “We don’t talk about timetables. We leave it up to our medical staff to determine that.”
My speculative answer: I think George will return around the start of the season on Oct. 22, give or take a couple weeks. The early side is probably early-to-mid October; the late side mid-to-late November. Most people I’ve spoken to around the league are leaning towards the latter, with George likely missing the start of the season. The recovery process from surgery is rarely linear — there can be unforeseen setbacks or progress in the process. There’s enough time — almost two months until he’ll be re-evaluated — for things to change for George. We’ll have a better idea around the start of training camp in late September.
Mirjam Swanson: PG on his return from his shoulder injury: “No set date. I’m progressing really, really well.”
Paul George has undergone two shoulder surgeries since the end of the season. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Friday morning the Thunder will have a better feel for George’s status closer to training camp in late September. George is expected to miss most of preseason as he recovers from surgery to his right rotator cuff and left labrum. “He’s doing well,” Presti said. “He’s going to make a full recovery.”
Paul George had successful elective surgery on his right shoulder to repair a partial thickness supraspinatus tendon tear. George will also address a small labrum tear in his left shoulder with a procedure in the coming weeks. An update on the six-time All-Star’s return-to-play status will be provided prior to the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.
Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Paul George underwent rotator cuff surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder Tuesday and will miss at least the start of preseason training camp, league sources told ESPN.
Before the injury in late February, George had been considered an MVP front-runner and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He is expected to make a full recovery, although it won't be until the preseason when the Thunder next address a time frame for his return.
Erik Horne: Donovan on Paul George’s shoulder(s): “I’m sure he’s going to have to deal with that, but he was cleared to play. He’s not a guy that ever complained. When he was in discomfort or had problems, he voiced those to me.”
Royce Young: Paul George on his shoulder said he’ll “address it this summer and come back next season healthy.” Wouldn’t say if surgery was in the plans or not.
Royce Young: Paul George said today that his shoulder is pain-free. "It didn't have any effect during the game." Re-iterated yesterday's performance was more rhythm related.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said Russell Westbrook (right ankle) and Paul George (right shoulder) both participated in all activities during the Thunder's light practice Monday.
Brett Dawson: Paul George says four days ago he couldn’t lift his shoulder. Says today was the first day he shot the ball. Says he’ll get up shots tomorrow and hope for the same looks in Game 2.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan on Paul George’s shoulder: “I think he’ll be fine, but when you don’t play for a while, it’s going to be a matter of him trying to find his rhythm.”
Brett Dawson: Paul George getting up shots. Has been going through his regular routine. pic.twitter.com/bgufGIkAO2
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan says Paul George will be a game-time decision. "He'll go out for his normal workout then we'll have more detail once he gets out from there."
Royce Young: Billy Donovan says Paul George is “day to day” with his shoulder. He says OKC didn’t do much contact today in practice. Wouldn’t speculate either way if George will be available for Game 1.
Royce Young: Paul George said the pain in his right shoulder was too much to try and play through against Milwaukee, but says “as much as I can get it 100 as possible or close to it, you can expect me out there Sunday.”
Malika Andrews: Billy Donovan said a decision on whether or not Paul George (shoulder) will play tonight against the Bucks will be made after warm ups. He said there is no expectation this injury would keep George out in the playoffs.
Royce Young: Paul George is a game-time decision still, Billy Donovan says (sore left shoulder). George will go through a pregame workout and make a decision from there.
Brett Dawson: Paul George took a hit to his shoulder getting over a screen in the Indiana game. Billy Donovan didn’t know the specific play and isn’t sure if it was the hard hit PG took on a Domantas Sabonis screen.
Brett Dawson: No Paul George update from Thunder shootaround. Billy Donovan will give an update pregame.
Brett Dawson: Thunder list Paul George as questionable with left shoulder soreness for tomorrow’s game against Denver.
Erik Horne: Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Paul George (right shoulder soreness) is progressing, but no determination has been made about tonight in Minnesota. George will be re-evaluated later today. Before San Antonio, George was ruled out at shootaround, so re-evaluation = progress.
Brett Dawson: Thunder listing Paul George (right shoulder soreness) as out for tomorrow’s game in San Antonio.
Erik Horne: Paul George (right quad contusion) upgraded to probable for Sunday against the Mavericks, Alex Abrines (stomach illness) as out, per Thunder.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan says Dennis Schroder will start in place of Paul George tonight against the Suns.
Duane Rankin: "Nothing changes when it comes to our approach." #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov on #Thunder being without Paul George tonight with quad muscle injury. #Suns
Erik Horne: Thunder's injury report lists Paul George as questionable for Friday against the Suns with a right quad contusion, Alex Abrines (stomach illness) as out. Subject to change.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said he’s known about Paul George’s nerve issue in his foot for a while. “I think there’s times where he wishes he could push off a little better, move a little better.”
Erik Horne: I’ve been told by the Thunder the nerve issue is not connected to any previous issue PG has had. George has played through it since preseason, which indicates it’s not serious enough to where he/OKC feels he needs to sit.
He had it drained this offseason and found the source of his discomfort. “I had a huge sac, 18 to 20 ounces of blood just sitting in the sac of my elbow, so I had that aspirated,” George said. “I was dealing with that for pretty much the whole season. That was causing a lot of frustration with shooting, and playing. To be able to shoot again, to be able to feel confident in my shot, to not have that on my mind, playing on the court … I’m great going forward.”
On May 9 he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. “The knee is doing good,” he said in the Post story. “It still has a long way to go. … It looks like I’m doing well, but I’m still working through some stuff, and still working on trusting and putting full confidence in my leg. I’m a little ways away, but there’s no pain, there’s no swelling, there’s nothing I’m concerned about. I’m just not at the level I need to be. There’s no limitations. All it is is taking steps, all it is is progression. I’m just trying to get ready and prepare for training camp down the line.”
Fred Katz: Paul George on his right hip contusion: "Getting better. I feel a lot better than yesterday. So, that’s improvement."
Fred Katz: PG said his hip bothers him more on offense: "It was tougher for me offensively to have that burst & that push. Defensively it’s angles. I know how to read guys. I know how to shade guys certain directions and for the most part defend them how I want to defend them."
Eric Woodyard: Thunder coach Billy Donovan on Paul George’s status: “We’re expecting him to play but we will find out more as he goes through his pregame routine.”
Erik Horne: Thunder did not list Paul George (left hip contusion) or Corey Brewer (right knee sprain) under its injury report in its game notes. Both still are projected starters. Hard to imagine both won't play Wednesday.
Fred Katz: Paul George (right hip contusion) did not go through contact parts of Thunder practice today, per Billy Donovan. Corey Brewer (right knee sprain) went through some contact drills. Donovan said they’ll know more tomorrow.
Fred Katz: Steven Adams (left hip contusion) is available to play. Paul George (pelvic strain) a game-time decision.
Royce Young: Billy Donovan said Paul George suffered a groin injury, but doesn’t know the severity as of now. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow back in OKC.
Rick Bonnell: OKC’s Paul George (calf) questionable to play tonight vs. @Charlotte Hornets. Missed last 2 Thunder games.
October 24, 2021 | 9:41 pm EDT Update
Adam Wexler: With his 8th 3ptFGM, #Rockets @Jalen Green just set the franchise rookie record for 3ptFGM in a game. (Previous: Cuttino Mobley & Michael Dickerson with 7 – in the same game on Mar. 25, 1999 vs Raptors). Green has 28 pts (8-10 on 3’s), Rockets trail 104-90. @SportsTalk790
Lauren Rosen: Doc Rivers on Joel Embiid: “[His leadership is] so good. He’s been absolutely wonderful. Not just with his play but verbally, on the floor… And he’s in great shape too. The blocks that he’s having… we’ve got a 7-foot-1 guy doing eurosteps. It’s incredible watching him play.”
Mark Cuban is working on a program that would offer Mavericks fans a $50 credit each month of the season toward DirecTV Stream to reduce the cost of the only streaming platform that offers Bally Sports Southwest, he told The Dallas Morning News. The Mavericks’ owner is still working on details, but he said the franchise would first offer season-ticket holders the opportunity and then expand sign-ups to the first 10,000 fans total.
October 24, 2021 | 8:21 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (ankle sprain) is doubtful tomorrow vs Pacers. Brook Lopez (back soreness) and Donte DiVincenzo (ankle recovery) are out. No changes to the Pacers’ injury report. LeVert, Warren, Martin out.