Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George sustained a lower right leg contusion in the third quarter and did not return to Thursday’s 92-84 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
While George is listed as day-to-day with the calf bruise, head coach Frank Vogel suggested the injury isn’t serious.
“He’s moving around,” Vogel said. “He’ll be OK.”
Added George, "I just got kneed. Nothing too serious hopefully."
George suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg in August 2014 and missed all but six games last season. He’s bounced back with the best season of his six-year career, averaging 23.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
The Pacers (38-33) are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings but just a half game ahead of Detroit and can ill afford to lose the services of their best player for an extended period with 11 regular-season games remaining. The next game is Saturday at Brooklyn.
Indiana wasn't about to take any chances with such an important player. He came to the locker room and iced the injury.
“Not sure,” he said of his availability for Saturday. “Again, it’s a day-to-day thing.”
George scored 15 points in the win.
“Just tightness and soreness,” he said. “It was hard to put pressure through it, but I iced it and we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
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