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Thunder star Paul George inactive vs. Bucks

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Paul George will not be playing in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s tilt against the Milwaukee Bucks.

According to Brett Dawson of The Athletic, George has been listed as inactive. Earlier reports said that the All-Star forward is dealing with a sore right shoulder.

The Thunder lead both the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers by one game for the sixth spot in the Western Conference, but they could fall to the seventh spot with a loss and a Spurs win on Wednesday night.

Nevertheless, Paul George will not be playing after he re-aggravated a shoulder injury that first hampered him six weeks ago. Still, the star forward helped lead Oklahoma City to a crucial 112-111 win over the Houston Rockets, scoring 27 points and hitting the game-winning shot.

Although George is sitting out, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan iterated to Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman that his inactive status was more of a precaution:

“He was doing great,” Donovan said before George was ruled out for the night. “He was healthy, there was no minutes restriction on him or anything else like that. Obviously it’s  got to be his decision. he knows how he feels and what he can do.”

Although the MVP buzz surrounding George has quieted in part due to recent nagging injuries as well as the continued excellence of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, he has had the best season of his career.

George will finish the 2018-19 season with a career high in points (28.0), rebounds (8.2) and steals (2.2), and is a likely candidate to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. His excellence in a three-month stretch from December to February was one of the more impressive showings from any individual this season.