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Thunder’s Paul George could sit Game 1 with sore shoulder

Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, left, reaches up to block a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) as George shoots between Tucker and James Harden (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, left, reaches up to block a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) as George shoots between Tucker and James Harden (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thunder forward Paul George could miss Sunday’s playoff opener at Portland with right shoulder soreness.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Friday the All-Star is considered day-to-day.

George finished second in the league with 28.0 points per game this season, and he led the league with 2.21 steals per contest. He shoots 39 percent from 3-point range and is the team’s No. 3 rebounder.

George hit the game-winning 3-pointer against Houston on Tuesday, but he aggravated a previous injury during the game and was in too much pain to play in the regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee.

George also missed games on Feb. 28, March 2 and March 3 with soreness in the right shoulder. He has had problems with his left shoulder, too, though the issues are unrelated.

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