Paul George Dunks at Practice

by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Pacers All-Star Paul George is still a long ways from returning to the court, but he's certainly made a lot of progress since fracturing his right tibia/fibula while playing for USA Basketball on Aug. 1.

While working in a post-up drill following Thursday's practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, George threw down a reverse dunk.

George has been shooting following practice for the past couple of months and David West told Pacers.com's Mark Montieth that George dunked in front of his teammates when the team was in Portland in December.

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To the best of our knowledge, Thursday was the first time that George dunked while practice was open to the media.

While seeing George dunk is certainly exciting news, Pacers fans shouldn't expect to see him in a Pacers uniform any time soon. While he looked good at times during Thursday's drill, there were also noticeable signs of rust and lack of court time, like when Chris Copeland appeared to partially block one of George's jumpers (see the first video below).

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The Pacers have no plans to rush George back before he's ready. While George has publicly expressed hope that he could play this season, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel has repeatedly told the media that it is highly unlikely that George sees any game action this year. Vogel reiterated that opinion as recently as Tuesday when an out-of-town reporter inquired about George during pregame media availability.

The Pacers return to the court on Friday night when they host Detroit at 7:00 at The Fieldhouse. Find Tickets »

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