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Thunder: Paul George remains day-to-day on the eve of Game 1 at Portland

As the Thunder left the practice facility Saturday, players in a hurry to pack and hop on a plane to Portland, Paul George’s availability for Game 1 at Portland remained up in the air.

“Still day-to-day,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Nothing’s changed from yesterday.”

On Friday, Donovan had declined to speculate on whether George would return Sunday after being sidelined in OKC’s regular season finale in Milwaukee by right shoulder soreness.

Both Friday and Saturday were light practice days – or “mental” days as Donovan put it – more closely resembling a walk through than a full contact practice, according to Donovan.

After practice Andre Roberson, who has not played in a game since rupturing his left patellar tendon on Jan. 27, 2018, ran laps around the practice courts with an athletic trainer. After multiple setbacks, most recently suffering an avulsion fracture in his left knee in late November, Roberson has been all but ruled out for the season.

In the first week of April, with Roberson still unable to practice, Donovan said, “I’ve got nothing medically from anybody that says, 'Hey listen, this guy is nearing or approaching being able to play.'"

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Oklahoma City's Paul George (13) celebrates with Raymond Felton (2) following 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

Oklahoma City's Paul George (13) celebrates with Raymond Felton (2) following 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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