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13 Paul George SF
Height/Weight: 6-9/220 | Birthdate: 5/2/1990 | Birthplace: Palmdale, CA | Team: Indiana Pacers | College: Fresno State | NBA Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 85/1 | Average Draft Position: 123.70
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Pacers F Paul George 'practicing full-out,' said Frank Vogel


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) The Pacers remain hopeful forward Paul George (leg) will be able to play this season. 

Via Vigilant Sports, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said George has progressed to the point where he can fully participate in practice

“He’s practicing full-out now,” Vogel said.”I think he’s done three or four practices now; he’s not at full-strength yet so he’s still got some hurdles to get past before he’s able to get out on to the court and play in games. We’re hopeful that that happens this year. We’ll see how the next few weeks progress.”

There is still no timetable for George's return. 

George suffered a compound fracture to his right tibia and fibula during a Team USA scrimmage on Aug. 1. 


Pacers' Paul George begins practicing with team Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Pacers forward Paul George took the latest step in his recovery from a broken leg when he practiced with the Pacers on Thursday.

Paul was practicing with the first-team backcourt of George Hill and Solomon Hill. He has not played this season after suffering a compound fracture during a Team USA scrimmage in August. He has targeted mid-March to make his return to an NBA game.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said there is no timetable on George's return and he still has a ways to go before being cleared to play in games. 

"I'm hopeful [he plays this season], but a lot has to happen before then," he said.


Report: Pacers forward Paul George (leg) targeting March 14 return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Pacers forward Paul George told Marc. J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports on Friday that he is targeting a mid-March return to the floor. George also indicated that his first game back could be March 14 against Boston.

George sustained a compound fracture to his right tibia and fibula during ta Team USA scrimmage on Aug. 1. The injury required surgery, with the immediate belief that George would miss the entire 2014-15 season. Now that has changed. Team president Larry Bird told reporters earlier in the month that "if he gets healthy and they say he can play and he wants to play, we'll let him play."

The Pacers sit dead last in the Central Division with a 21-33 record at the All-Star break, and may take a cautious approach with his highly anticipated mid-March return. George has been able to work through non-contact drills and will eventually be conditioned back into game shape, with the hopes of him making his season debut next month. George had a breakout season for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 80 games.


Is Paul George worth a stash?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) With the news of Paul George's impending return to action in mid-March, Fantasy owners are likely to take a long look at adding him to their teams in the coming days. At the Fantasy Basketball Today blog, I looked at the pros and cons of taking a flier on George so late in the season.

"George's upside is obvious, as he was a top-10 overall option in all Fantasy formats last season. However, as miraculous as it is that he is even eyeing a return this season, we should be careful not to expect too much from George. He still has to get back into game shape, and though he is still a month out, hasn't yet been cleared for contact in practice. He has a long road ahead of him, and any sign of a setback would probably lead the Pacers to shut him down immediately. There's no point in taking any unnecessary risks right now.

If you are fighting for a playoff spot right now, it's hard to justify spending a roster spot on George right now. You know for a fact he won't be able to help you for the next four weeks, which pushes right up against the start of the playoffs in most leagues. Is the upside of a possibly-limited George really worth wasting a roster spot for a month?"

George might be able to carry you through the playoffs, assuming you can get there. However, he will likely have his minutes limited at least at first, and it's hard to see the Pacers pushing him to play on back-to-backs. As enticing as George is sitting on waivers, it is best to lower expectations at this point. 


Pacers' Paul George 'ideally' would like to return in March


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Pacers guard/forward Paul George is hopefulhe will be able to return to the basketball court this season after fracturing his tibia and fibula in a Team USA scrimmage last August.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, George said he would like to return in March, which is a time frame Pacers president Larry Bird said could be possible on Tuesday. However, George admitted getting back that soon could be tough to accomplish. 

"Ideally, that's a great time where I want to be back," George said. "I'm obviously a long shot away from it. I got so many steps to take before I get to that point. But looking forward, that's when I want to be back."

George said he's been able to practice but not participate in any contact. The biggest thing, he said, is to get conditioned in basketball shape once he's cleared to play again. As for the his fractured leg, George isn't concerned about re-injuring it.

"The only problem I'll have is just getting back to where I was," George said.


Adding Paul George unlikely to work out for Fantasy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) Pacers forward Paul George is still hoping to return to the floor before the end of the season, and team president Larry Bird told reporters Tuesday he hopes to see George out there at some point. Fantasy owners responded to this news by running to the waiver wires, as his ownership jumped up to 49 percent as of Wednesday afternoon. Is there really reason for optimism?

George hasn't played since suffering a compound fracture in his right leg Aug. 1, and the decision to play won't ultimately be up to George or Bird. He first needs to be cleared by doctors to play, and then needs to get back into playing shape. Even if George could somehow get back on the court at some point this season -- a long shot, given the initial timetable -- it seems unlikely he would be able to make a Fantasy impact down the stretch.

The Fantasy playoffs in most leagues start in mid-March, so there isn't much time left for him to make an impact. If you can afford the roster spot, stashing George might be worth it, but it seems like you are probably chasing impossible odds here. The fact that he is up to 49 percent owned in CBSSports.com leagues mean George is currently more widely owned than Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Brian Roberts or John Henson, all of whom could make an impact right now. If you are fighting for a playoff spot and don't play in a keeper/Dynasty league, using a roster spot on Paul George doesn't make much sense. 


Pacers' Bird: Paul George could return this season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Pacers guard Paul George, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in a Team USA scrimmage last August, could return to the basketball court this season, team president Larry Bird told reporters Tuesday.

"If he gets healthy and they say he can play and he wants to play, we'll let him play," Bird said.

Bird said the expectation is for George's injury to heal seven months from the injury. That part of the recovery process would occur in March, and "we'll go from there," Bird said. Though Bird said it's possible for George to play this season, he stated he is unsure if he will definitely be able to return.

George sustained a compound fracture to his right tibia and fibula during the aforementioned Team USA scrimmage. The injury required surgery, with the immediate belief that George would miss the entire 2014-15 season.

At 17-32, the Pacers are dead last in the Eastern Conference Central Division standings. Bird, according to FOX Sports Indiana, is unhappy the Pacers have yet to come together as a team, which is a reason why he wouldn't hold George back if he gains the proper clearance to play this season.

George, most likely in reference to Bird's comments offered a vague tweet on his personal account.

"March?!" he wrote.


Pacers' Paul George increasing workload, still without contact


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Pacers forward Paul George has begun to do more off the court training, but is still not allowed to do anything involving contact with his legs, coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday.

Vogel did not provide any further update on the fourth-year-veteran. George is still recovering from a broken leg he suffered last August during a Team USA scrimmage in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.


Pacers forward Paul George able to dunk after practice Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Less than six months after fracturing his right tibia/fibula during a USA Basketball game, Pacers forward Paul George was able to complete a dunk after Thursday’s practice, according to NBA.com.

George was working on a post-up drill after practice and threw down a dunk. While George has not been able to participate in practice this season, he has been able to do some shooting over the last two months. Coach Frank Vogel has consistently said George is unlikely to play this season.


Pacers star Paul George not ruling himself out for season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Pacers small forward Paul George has been pretty much ruled out by his team for the entire season with a broken leg, but he is not ruling himself out. His goal is to get back on the court before it's over, VigilantSports.com has reported.

George has run in a pool and expects to put in some work on the court soon.


Pacers still expecting Paul George to miss entire season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Pacers president Larry Bird reiterated Tuesday the sentiment the team will be without star forward Paul George for the 2014-15 season after broke his tibia and fibula Aug. 1 during a Team USA scrimmage.

"I think Paul (George) will probably be out all year. We don't know yet, but it looks that way," Bird said, per VigilantSports.com.


Report: Pacers preparing for Paul George to be unavailable


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Pacers are preparing for the season as if injured forward Paul George will not be available at any point, though they have yet to officially rule him out, Vigilant Sports reports.

"I want him to push his rehab to try to get back as soon as it’s safe, but we’re going forward like he’s not going to play this year," head coach Frank Vogel said Friday. "Our approach with the team is we have to become a great basketball team without Paul George. If he makes it back sooner than then, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it."

George broke his tibia and fibula on Aug. 1 during a Team USA scrimmage and could need 12-18 months to fully heal.


Doctor: Paul George's injury could need 12-18 months to heal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Pacers forward Paul George will spend the next three days in a Las Vegas hospital following successful surgery to repair his broken right leg Friday.

George suffered an open tibula-fibula fracture during a scrimmage for Team USA Friday, and at this point the Pacers have no expected timetable for George's possible recovery. However, Dr. Patrick Kersey, who treated Louisville guard Kevin Ware following a similar injury, told NBA.com George could need 12-18 months to fully heal.

George's 2014-15 season is in doubt following this injury, though Ware was back on the floor less than eight months following his injury. The Pacers will likely begin carving out a recovery schedule in the coming months. 


Paul George suffers gruesome leg injury in Team USA scrimmage


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Pacers forward Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury while playing for Team USA during showcase scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday.

George sustained the injury while contesting a layup from James Harden. He banged his right leg against the basket stanchion, likely suffering a horrific fracture. He was immediately attended by a medical staff and had a splint placed on his leg before he was stretchered off the court. The game was called after the incident.

George had a breakout season for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 80 games. He will likely miss a significant period of time moving forward.

Paul George saves Pacers season with 37-point effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Pacers forward Paul George refused to let his team's season end, as he nearly matched a career playoff high in scoring in a 93-90 win over the Heat Wednesday.

Down 3-1 in the series heading into Game 5, George took over for the Pacers. He scored 37 points, with much of the damage coming in a 20-point fourth quarter. He shot 15 of 28 from the field and 5 for 14 from three-point ranger, while adding six rebounds, two assists and six steals in the win.

Coming off a breakout season, George has maintained his strong production in the post season. He is averaging 22.3 points, 4.0 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game in 18 postseason performances heading into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finales.  


Paul George can't find his shot from downtown in Game 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Pacers guard Paul George had a hard time finding his shot from behind the arc, knocking down just one 3-pointer in his first game back from a concussion Saturday night in Miami.

George scored 17 points on 5 of 13 from the floor, including 1 of 6 from downtown, and 6 of 10 from the free throw line in a 99-87 Game 3 defeat. He also chipped in with four assists, two rebounds and one steal while logging 32 minutes of game action. George is averaging 16.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists over his last five postseason games.

Paul George cleared to play in Game 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Pacers guard Paul George has been cleared, and is expected to play without restrictions in Game 3 against the Heat Saturday.

George suffered a concussion late in Game 2 after he was kneed in the head accidentally by Dwyane Wade, but made it through the league-mandated concussion protocol before being cleared to play.


Paul George diagnosed with concussion one day after Game 2


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Pacers guard Paul George has been diagnosed with a concussion, after taking a shot to the head late in Tuesday's game against the Heat.

George was accidentally kneed in the back of the head during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but was able to play through the rest of the game after passing the league's concussion protocol from the bench. He also passed a concussion test after the game, but the team ordered another evaluation Wednesday, after he told reporters he blacked out and had blurred vision for the rest of the day.

George much be held out of all activity until he is symptom-free at rest, and he must also pass a baseline neurological exam, per the league's policy. Fortunately for the Pacers, the team is off until Saturday, giving him three full days off to pass any tests and work his way back. 


Paul George 'blacked out' after hit to head


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Pacers guard Paul George took a shot to the back of the head in Tuesday's game against the Heat, and it might have left him with some concussion concerns moving forward.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade accidentally kneed George in the head as both players went for a loose ball, and though George would end up missing no time in the game, he admitted to having some possible concussion symptoms after the game.

"I blacked out as soon as it happened, he told reporters after the game. "And then however much time was remaining, I was just blurry."

The team's website announced after the game George did go through the concussion protocol without issue on the bench before he was cleared to return to the game. After his admission following the game, however, he might have to be cleared again before Game 3, set for Saturday. 


Paul George scores career playoff-high 39 points in Game 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Pacers forward Paul George went off on Sunday, becaming the first Pacer since 2006 to score more than 35 points in a playoff game.

George scored a career playoff-high 39 points and 12 rebounds to lead his team past the Wizards 95-92 in Game 4. He shot 12 of 20 from the floor, including 7 of 10 from 3-point land, and 8 of 10 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with two steals in 46 minutes. He is averaging 23.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists this postseason.

Paul George scores 30 in Game 7 win vs. Hawks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Pacers forward Paul George helped lead his team to a series-ending 92-80 win in Game 7 against the Hawks Saturday, scoring 30 points on 11 of 23 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds.

It was the sixth double-double of the seven-game series for George, who made just one of his eight three-point attempts while recording three assists and two steals. The top-seeded Pacers advance to face the No. 5 seed Wizards, who won their first-round matchup in five games. That series will begin Monday in Indiana.


Pacers resting three starters Wednesday


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Indiana starters Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West will all take a seat Wednesday for the last game of the season, according to the team website.

The Pacers have locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, so coach Frank Vogel has decided to give some of his guys the night off before the playoffs start.


Rest over: Pacers starters back in action Friday


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Frank Vogel's plan to rest his starting five was short-lived, as ESPN reported Friday that Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West, Lance Stephenson and George Hill will take the floor against Miami.

This doesn't come as a surprise with the Pacers now clinging to a one-game lead over the Heat atop the Eastern Conference standings.


Pacers resting all five starters Wednesday


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) The Pacers will go ahead with their plan to rest key players heading into the playoffs, as the Indianapolis Star reports that Roy Hibbert, David West, Paul George, Lance Stephenson and George Hill will all take a seat when what's left of the team plays Milwaukee Wednesday.

Coach Frank Vogel had said that Indiana would employ this tactic, but it will be interesting to see if the rest continues on Friday when the Pacers take on Miami, the team just inches ahead of Indiana for No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. 


Paul George records second career triple-double


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Pacers forward Paul George stuffed the stat sheet despite having a rough shooting night on Friday, posting his second career triple-double in a 91-79 win over the Bulls.

George scored 10 points on 3 of 13 from the floor, including 1 of 5 from downtown, and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. He also contributed with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal while logging 37 minutes of game action. He is averaging 21.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists over his last five games.