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LAS VEGAS — The Team USA showcase came to a gruesome and unfortunate end Friday night, when Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George suffered what appeared to be a serious right leg injury in the fourth quarter and the game was subsequently called off.
As George ran down the floor in pursuit of opposing player James Harden, he slid into the base behind the basket and his leg wrenched in such a way that fans and players alike covered their eyes in horror. It appeared to break just above his ankle. An official announcement of the injury has yet to be made.
“We don’t really know, exactly (the extent of the injury),” said director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo. “Everyone saw what we saw, but that’s for the medical team to decide, determine and then make the announcement about what it is and what’s going to take place.”
Players surrounding George and the crowd at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center were nearly silent as medical personnel worked on him. George then left on a stretcher to loud applause.
UPDATED: Indiana Pacers’ Paul George has surgery to repair broken leg, to be hospitalized for three days
By Michael Lee August 2 at 8:51 AM
Indiana Pacers all-star forward Paul George is “resting comfortably” after having successful surgery to repair an open tibia and fibula fracture in his right leg early Saturday morning in Las Vegas, according to a statement released by USA Basketball.
George suffered the injury a few hours earlier during a Team USA intrasquad scrimmage at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center and brought a sobering end to the game and a week-long training session in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.
After leaving the arena on a stretcher, with rattled teammates looking on in shock and fans applauding, George was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where he immediately underwent surgery. Dr. David Silverberg, Dr. Joseph Yu and Riley Williams, team physician for USA Basketball and the Brooklyn Nets, were present for the procedure.
George is expected to remain hospitalized for the next three days, according to the statement.