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Thunder’s Paul George claims shoulder is now pain-free

Paul George, Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder star small forward Paul George told reporters in Portland on Monday his shoulder is now pain-free.

On Sunday after the Thunder lost Game 1 to the Blazers, George said he wasn’t able to lift his shoulders a few days ago.

The All-Star swingman has been dealing with a shoulder issue pretty much since the All-Star break:

The Thunder lost Game 1 by a final score of 104-99. George finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but he shot just 8-of-24 from the field and 4-of-15 from beyond the arc.

It’s clear as day George isn’t 100 percent. He has been getting nonstop treatment on both shoulders behind the scenes and just doesn’t look comfortable. The Thunder are hoping PG can find his rhythm in Game 2. Despite the team not shooing the ball well, OKC was almost able to steal Game 1 on the road.

During the regular season, George averaged 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. The six-time All-Star shot 43.8 percent from from the floor, 38.6 percent from the 3-point line and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe.

The Thunder are going to need George to shoot the ball better moving forward. Hopefully the 28-year-old’s shoulder improves as this series moves along. Game 2 of the series is on Tuesday.