Thunder's George playing with 'dead foot'
Paul George is playing with a nerve issue in his left foot, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward disclosed after a season-low 11 points Thursday.
"A lot of people don't know, but I got a peroneal nerve palsy," George said. "For everyone who doesn't know what that is, it's a dead foot term. So it's just trying to play through that. It's nothing that's major, it's nothing that's going to hurt me. It's just something that's going to come back when it feels right. It's just playing through that. It's just fun to be out there. I've had one of the worst injuries possible, so nothing else is going to sideline me."
George missed 16 of his 20 shot attempts and scored 11 points but was still productive in 39 minutes, posting 10 rebounds, four steals, three assists and three blocks in Oklahoma City's 111-107 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday.
The peroneal nerve issue is common in older patients who have hip or knee replacement surgery. It can also appear in diabetics. Typically the issue dissipates with a lightweight brace and therapy.
George broke his right leg in 2014 and needed nearly one year to fully recover.
He said the foot issue began during the Thunder-Atlanta Hawks preseason game on Oct. 7.
George is averaging 23.4 points, with 7.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season after agreeing to a four-year, $136.9 million deal in July.
--Field Level Media
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