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Pacers Injury Update: Paul George suffers severe leg injury during Team USA scrimmage


By on 8/02/2014 12:35:00 AM

It took one play to turn the atmosphere of the Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack Center from festive to somber. James Harden raced to the rim in the fourth quarter for a fast break layup. Paul George followed closely behind in pursuit of a chase down block. Seconds later, George landed and tripped on the stanchion of the hoop, severely injuring his leg in the process.

ESPN Senior Writer Ramona Shelburne was sitting behind the basket that the injury happened under. “I was screened out by [the basket], so I couldn’t tell exactly what happened, but I could tell by the reaction on James Harden’s face, as Paul George was going down, that [Harden] was just sick,” she said when interviewed on SportsCenter.

Play was stopped once George hit the ground, and it never continued. Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, accompanied by his team, came to center court to address the crowd. He informed them that the scrimmage was over, much to the understanding of all fans attending, whose forlorn faces matched those of the members of Team USA. The scrimmage was an afterthought.

Implications of the injury were also an afterthought. Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo made it clear in a subsequent press conference that he has not begun to think about how the injury affects the roster going forward. “I haven’t had any time to think about anything, except Paul,” he said. Many of George's teammates and fellow NBA players have expressed concern via Twitter.

George’s injury has not been diagnosed yet. The video of the injury is up, but it is very gruesome, and not recommended for people who have trouble watching severe leg injuries.

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