The struggling Indiana Pacers will be without superstar Paul George on Saturday night when the team takes on the Celtics. The injury news for the 26 year-old forward comes as a bit of a surprise, as George had been ruled out of the remainder of Friday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers with a sprained thumb.
George had previously been listed as a game time decision before eventually being ruled out for tonight’s game.
This is undoubtably bad news for the Pacers as they currently sit with an overall record of 4-5 — good for 8th in the Eastern Conference. While Indiana has only played nine games of an 82-game schedule, it is not necessarily the start that team president Larry Bird had envisioned when he assembled this new-look roster during the summer. George has easily been one of the most consistent players for the Pacers this season, so his loss is something that could negatively impact the team in tonight’s game against the Celtics.
The Pacers have been very shaky on defense thus far this season, so not having George’s perimeter defense is also something that could negatively impact the team in his absence.
The Pacers tip off against the Celtics at 7 p.m. ET.