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Thunder: Paul George remains day-to-day with right shoulder soreness

Paul George’s injury status is day-to-day due to right shoulder soreness,  Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after practice Friday.    

The re-aggravation of a right shoulder injury from the end of February sidelined George in the Thunder’s 127-116 win at Milwaukee Wednesday. Donovan declined to speculate on whether George would be available in Game 1 of the Thunder’s first-round playoff series against Portland Sunday.

Donovan said the way practice was structured Friday, not all players did on-court work.

“He was there with the rest of the guys,” Donovan said of George, “but in terms of us having contact, running up and down the floor, we didn’t do much of that today.”

The Thunder left the decision of whether to play Wednesday largely up to George. He has played with kinesiology tape on his left shoulder for about a month but has not missed a game for left shoulder soreness. The pain in his right shoulder Wednesday, however, was enough that it would have kept him out even if it wasn’t in his shooting arm, George said.

“I couldn’t do nothing with my right side,” he said. “... Just try to get it prepared as much as possible. It’s playoff time, so it’s more than this. It’s about being out there with my guys. So, as much as I can get it 100 (percent) as possible, close to it, you (can) expect me out there Sunday.”

OKC is scheduled to practice again Saturday before taking on the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center Sunday afternoon.

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Oklahoma City's Paul George (13) celebrates his game winning 3-point basket in the final seconds of the fourth quarter during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Cowboys won 6-5. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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