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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder n Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Thunder superstar Paul George dealing with nagging shoulder injury

Heading into the playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder hold the sixth overall seed that puts them in a first-round matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

One of the storylines heading into the contest deals with All-Star forward Paul George dealing with a nagging shoulder injury. Although it continues to ail him, George has voiced great confidence that he can play through it, according to Royce Young of ESPN.

“It’s playoff time, so it’s more than this, it’s about being out there with my guys,” George said. “As much as I can get it a hundred as possible, or close to it, you can expect me out there Sunday.”

George has been working through the injury for the last few weeks that had even led to him to sit out the regular season finale. He voiced that it was too bothersome to play with, but that hasn’t impacted his availability for the playoffs in any manner.

He has put together a breakout campaign in his second year with the Thunder putting up career-best numbers across the board averaging 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per contest. In fact, he finished second in the league in scoring trailing only James Harden. Prior to his shoulder injury flaring up, he had garnered plenty of consideration for the MVP award.

George’s play will be largely indicative of how the Thunder perform against the Trail Blazers, who had a first-round exit via a sweep last season. It will be something that will continue to be monitored closely throughout the playoffs moving forward.

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