Paul George sustained what the Oklahoma City Thunder are calling a hip-contusion in the closing minutes of Sunday night’s Game 1 win against the Utah Jazz. Today at practice, Billy Donovan shared that he did not participate in much of Tuesday’s physical practice.
“He was not able to do very much today,” Billy Donovan said earlier at practice. “He did somethings in practice, not much, we will see what he will be able to do tomorrow.”
The All-Star had 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including a Thunder franchise record 8-for-11 from three. His defense of Utah forward Joe Ingles was vital to Oklahoma City having success in shutting down the Jazz’s offense.
If George is unable to go, Alex Abrines was the replacement for him in the lineup in the three regular season games that he missed.
“Part of the reason he wanted to come out of the game the first time was he just didn’t feel like he was moving well,” Donovan added today at practice. “So I think that’s probably going to be a little bit more of a his decision on how he’s feeling in terms of the way he’s moving.”
In the postgame press conference after Game 1, George expressed that the injury was a “aggravation” of an older injury. He also expressed that he didn’t think it would lead to him missing the next game.
“It’s the playoffs, I don’t miss playoff games,” George said.
George scored 24 of his 36 points after picking up the injury in Game 1. The injury occurred at the 8:30 mark in the 2nd quarter when George drove to the basket and fell to the floor.
As for Corey Brewer who sustained a right knee sprain in the regular season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies, Donovan said he was able to do some work today in practice. Brewer started Game 1 and played 33:38 minutes, logging seven points and two steals.