Paul George played almost ten minutes in the first half of Team USA’s 107-57 route of China on Tuesday night, but did not return to play in the second half due to a strained left calf.
Due to the nature of the lopsided game and the ability to give other wing players more minutes, it is likely PG’s calf strain is minor and a convenient diagnosis to give others some burn alongside Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson playing in their home arena.
Durant made himself right at home in his new home at Oracle Arena, draining a long three-pointer a few seconds after the opening tip. The crowd roared their approval for Durant as he pumped in the first ten points for Team USA.
However, an otherwise sluggish start had China hanging around, down just 16-11 midway through the opening quarter, with several missed free throws. From there, Team USA finished with on a 15-4 run and continued extending the lead the rest of the way.
PG played off the bench early, continuing his active defensive role. PG and Jimmy Butler switching screens and swarming around on D has proved quite effective and menacing for opponents. PG used his defense to get a little offense going, finishing with a pair of three-pointers for six points, two assists and a highlight block.
Team USA heads to Chicago where they will resume practice on Thursday before facing Venezuela at the United Center on Friday night.