Paul George's Injury Forces End to Team USA Scrimmage

Nate LoopFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2014

Indiana Pacers' Paul George is taken off the court after he was injured during the USA Basketball Showcase game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Team USA's intra-squad scrimmage in preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Championship was brought to an abrupt end when Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury trying to defend a James Harden layup in transition.

The Washington Wizard's Twitter account confirmed the end of the televised scrimmage:

The Pacers supplied Larry Bird's statement on George's injury:

NBA on ESPN supplied Adam Silver's statement on the injury:

George addressed Twitter as well:

Team USA head coach Mike Kyrzyzewski gave a quick explanation on his decision to shut down the event, via The Oregonian's Joe Freeman:

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter. George was racing back on defense to contest James Harden's fast break layup, and upon landing his foot appeared to get caught in the stand that props up the basket, causing his leg to twist and break.

Busted Coverage tweeted a Vine of the incident (Warning: video of injury is extremely graphic.)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 28: Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Paul George #29 of the USA Basketball Men's National Team converse during practice at the Mendenhall Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on July 28, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER:
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The showcase was designed to finalize Team USA's roster for the FIBA World Championships. George averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game with the Indiana Pacers last season and was one of the best players featured in the star-studded camp.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin immediately tweeted out support of his fellow NBAer:

Team USA will have to solider on in upcoming exhibition games without one of their better wing players.

The devastating nature of his injury does not bode well for his participation in the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season. George is one of the more promising guards in the Association, despite struggling for various stretches of last season. Hopefully George will have a steady, smooth recovery and be able to resume his NBA career with minimal complications.