Paul George Injury: Updates on Pacers Star's Leg and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George stands on the court during a break in play in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 112-89. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
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Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a leg contusion against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. He's ready to make his return to the court. 

Continue for updates.

George Active vs. Nets

Saturday, March 26

George is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Brooklyn, per Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star

George Comments on Injury

Thursday, March 24

After the 92-84 win, George said he was hit around the right calf, per Buckner“It was hard to put pressure through it,” he said.

George Vital to Pacers' Success

George appeared in only six games down the stretch run of the 2014-15 season after a gruesome leg injury he suffered as a member of Team USA. He only played 15.2 minutes per night and wasn’t the same player who was a dominant two-way force for the Pacers the previous season.

In fact, George averaged 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 2013-14 and led Indiana to the Eastern Conference Finals. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team and All-NBA Third Team recognition in the process. He has resembled that version of himself this season and is averaging 23.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. 

While Indiana has enough pieces to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference without George, it has to be relieved he's ready to return.