Paul George Returns From Leg Injury vs. Heat (Video)
On August 1, 2014, Paul George suffered a compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas.
On Sunday, just over eight months after he suffered the gruesome injury, George made his return to the court in a contest against the Miami Heat. And it was a successful return for the Pacers forward, as he escaped unscathed after 15 minutes of playing time, contributing 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals to Indiana’s 112-89 victory.
He received a standing ovation when he entered the game midway through the first quarter:
Then he drained his first field-goal attempt:
After the game, he talked about his long journey back:
Paul George returns at the perfect time for the Pacers. They currently sit in a tie with the Heat for ninth in the Eastern Conference, one game back of eighth-place Boston, and 1.5 back of seventh-place Brooklyn, with only five games remaining.