Pacers' George likely to miss season after breaking leg

Pacers' George likely to miss season after breaking leg
August 2, 2014, 11:15 am

By Brett Pollakoff, Pro Basketball Talk

Once the gravity of the injury sustained by Paul George at Friday night’s USA Basketball Showcase had set in, all that was left was to wait for the doctors to go in and assess the damage.

George sustained what can only be described as a catastrophic right leg fracture early in the fourth quarter of the exhibition contest, when he was flying in to contest on a fast break and landed awkwardly with his leg getting caught on the basket stanchion. He was carted off on a stretcher, and the game was stopped at that moment due to the severity of the situation.

USA Basketball released a brief statement stating that George had a “right leg, open tibia-fibula fracture,” and underwent successful surgery that would require him to remain hospitalized for three more days.

If there’s any good news to report, it’s that doctors didn’t find any ancillary damage during the surgery — but George is expected to miss the entire NBA season.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Pacers guard Paul George had a “good surgery. No ancillary damage” but likely out for next season, a source told Yahoo Sports.

From Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star:

Paul George is indeed out of surgery & anyone who loves bkb should rest a little easy: I’m told everything went well. No new damage found.

From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com:

Paul George is out of surgery. Word is it went well and there’s hope he could return before end of next year, but probably miss season

That’s the best that could have been expected under the circumstances.