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UPDATE: Paul George available against the Nuggets

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UPDATE (6:57 p.m.): The Thunder announced Paul George is available and will start against the Nuggets after a successful pregame workout.

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Original post: Thunder coach Billy Donovan announced that George will be a game-time decision after the All-Star goes through his pregame routine.

George is currently battling left shoulder soreness which was re-aggravated in the Thunder’s 107-99 win against Indiana. In pregame Friday, Donovan said George’s injury is not connected to the right shoulder soreness which forced George to miss three games post-All-Star break.

Donovan did not announce who would start in George’s place if George were not to play. Dennis Schroder started two of the three games George missed in which the Thunder went 1-2 against Philadelphia, San Antonio and Memphis.

George said he initially injured his right shoulder in the Thunder’s Feb. 26 loss at Denver, then missed the next three games. George acknowledged he was dealing with left shoulder soreness after the Thunder’s win against Brooklyn on March 13, and that his right shoulder was fine.

George was seen flexing his left shoulder against Indiana on Wednesday, and was heavily icing the shoulder and his left quad in postgame.

In three losses to Denver this season, George has averaged 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Thunder can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Denver tonight.

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Oklahoma City's Paul George (13) works against Indiana's Wesley Matthews (23) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Oklahoma City won 107-99. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City's Paul George (13) works against Indiana's Wesley Matthews (23) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Oklahoma City won 107-99. Photo by Nate...

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Erik Horne

Erik Horne is in his fourth season on the Thunder beat. Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013 following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The... Read more ›

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