​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. Elsewhere, however, Russell Westbrook also had a procedure done on his left hand to repair a torn ligament in his finger.

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 28.7 points per game on 45.1% from the floor, including 40.3% from three, to averaging 26.1 points at a 39.7% clip from the floor and just 33.8% from distance. 

Since that date, the Thunder went 11-12 to close out the season and fell to Portland in five games in the first round. 


Let's hope that this operation will have George back to full health and his old self come the start of the 2019-2019 season.