Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George returned to the lineup on Thursday after missing two games but admitted after the game he is concerned his toe injury will linger him for the remainder of the season. After missing two consecutive games due to a right foot soreness, George scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists in a 101-94 loss to the Denver Nuggets and his foot flamed up again after the game.
"It is a day-to-day process, but I'm doing better," George said after logging 31 minutes, per ESPN. "We are trying to figure it out now," George added when asked if this injury could linger this season.
"Honestly, we're trying to get on top of it now. Hasn't seemed to go away yet. But at this point it is just managing the soreness and swelling."
George hopes to at least play with minimal pain
"There really is no pop on the right foot, because I can't really bend my toe and I had it flexing all the way on that second toe," he said.
"Just figuring it out. I got to figure it out. Most importantly, if I can play and playing with minimal pain, that is what I am going for. But we got to figure it out, though." The Clippers have had their problems with injuries this season but George doesn't want to use it as an excuse.
"I mean, it's no pity party," George said. "Nobody is going to feel sorry for us because we have guys out. We got to find the way to get the job done, and I think we have been doing that up until the last two games before we had some slippage."
"Hopefully at some point we will have a full healthy team," George added. "For us it is just building habits and creating an identity, which you always want to do. As well as we have played this year, the identity of this team, we are still trying to solidify that.
At some point we got to find who we are and stick to that as a team." Meanwhile, Kevin Durant -- who is nearing a return -- is excited to play with the Brooklyn Nets additions, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge. "I'm looking forward to playing alongside them," Durant said of Griffin and Aldridge -- who started Thursday in his debut for Brooklyn, in a 111-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
"Guys in the league who have been through a lot in this league and are looking forward to another opportunity to chase something special here with us."