Paul George just wasn't the same player in Round 1 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Trail Blazers after dealing with shoulder soreness in the closing weeks of the regular season.
Oklahoma City's first-round exit left most skeptics with the thought that the six-time All-Star would undergo shoulder at some point in the offseason, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has now confirmed those notions.
Per Woj, George underwent rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday to repair a right shoulder tendon and is expected to miss the start of the Thunder's training camp.
ESPN Sources w/ @RoyceYoung: OKC’s Paul George underwent rotator cuff surgery to repair right shoulder tendon and minimally will miss start of training camp. Also, Russell Westbrook had procedure to repair torn ligament in finger on his left hand. Story: https://t.co/MjOptEBobl— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 7, 2019
PG injured his shoulder against the Nuggets on Feb. 26, which ironically was the inception of the Thunder's (and his) ultimate decline.
Once a candidate for league MVP, George went from averaging
It was obvious during the Blazers-Thunder series that Paul George's shoulder was way more messed up than he was letting on. Not at all surprised he ended up needing surgery https://t.co/U6W75Q7JwK— Sean Highkin (@highkin) May 7, 2019