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Sources: George out for camp start after surgery

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Tuesday that All-Star Paul George underwent rotator cuff surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder. The expectation is he will miss at least the start of preseason training camp, league sources told ESPN.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Along with George — who will also soon undergo a procedure to correct a small tear in the labrum of his left shoulder — All-Star guard Russell Westbrook had a procedure done to repair a torn ligament in a finger on his left hand, the team announced.

Before the injury in late February, George had been considered an MVP front-runner and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He is expected to make a full recovery, although it won’t be until the preseason that the Thunder will next address a time frame for his return.

Westbrook played the final six weeks of the season with the injury to the fourth metacarpal of his non-shooting hand, sources said. Westbrook had been taping and treating the finger throughout the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs but never disclosed the injury to the public.1

He also had a minor procedure on his surgically repaired right knee Tuesday — described as proactive maintenance — that will allow him time to still have an aggressive summer of preparation for next season, sources said.

George and Westbrook played with the injuries in the final weeks of the Thunder’s season, when a run for the 3-seed in the Western Conference playoff race culminated with them finishing sixth and losing in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers.

George missed three games, returning after a week only to then hurt his left shoulder, though he didn’t miss any time because of it. Surgery on his right shoulder was an option at that time, but without a risk of further damage or injury, George elected to play through it and address it after the season. He received regular treatment, including the use of a massive heating wrap while he sat on the bench during games.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

His shoulder issues played a part in the way the Thunder’s season derailed. On the morning of Feb. 26, the Thunder were 38-21, third in the West, and George was a leading candidate for MVP. Prior to the injury, he was averaging 28.7 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting, including 40.3 percent from 3 on 9.6 attempts, admittedly playing the best basketball of his career.

After the injury, the Thunder went 11-12 with George playing far more inconsistently, averaging 26.1 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting, including 33.8 percent from 3 on 10.4 attempts.