DeRozan Shines, But Thoughts With Pacers' George After Injury At USAB Showcase
Jay Satur - Raptors.com
A strong outing for DeMar DeRozan at the USA Basketball Men's National Team Showcase was overshadowed by a grisly injury to Indiana Pacers forward Paul George on Friday night in Las Vegas.
The incident occured near the start of the fourth quarter when George, considered a lock to make the American entry at September's FIBA World Cup in Spain, jumped to contest a layup attempt from James Harden and his leg buckled upon hitting the basket stanchion as he landed.
Play was halted instantly as George received medical attention and his parents, who were on hand to watch the showcase, descended from the stands to be by his side. George was eventually removed from the court on a stretcher as his visibly shaken teammates looked on.
After several minutes, USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the universal decision to call the scrimmage with 9:33 to play.
The injury, eerily reminiscent of the gruesome leg fracture that sidelined Raptors forward Jorge Garbajosa in 2007, instantly overshadowed what had been a strong showing for DeRozan. The Raptors' All-Star finished the night with 16 points to lead Team Blue.
According to USA Basketball, George underwent successful surgery overnight for an open tibia-fibula fracture and he's expected to remain hospitalized for about three days.
Some of the social media reaction from Friday's showcase, including well wishes from around the league for George can be seen below.