Team USA Basketball held their Blue and White scrimmage game on ESPN on the evening of Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, and it was going to be a chance to see the players show off their skills in hope of making the team. Unfortunately, the game ended early when Paul George of the Indiana Pacers suffered a gruesome leg injury that could have him out of action for quite a long time.
During the fourth quarter of the game, George went up to contest a lay-up by James Harden of the Houston Rockets, and he came down awkwardly and went to the ground.
Play was stopped immediately as trainers ran out to George and surrounded him. A replay showed just how serious the injury would end up being.
As George was coming down from contesting the shot by Harden, his foot hit the cushioned backstop for the basketball rim. His weight came down on his right leg and it looked as if his leg literally snapped around the middle of his calf.
Watching it live and then the one or two replays was actually quite sickening and it made you truly feel so very sorry for George.
The injured Paul George lay on the side of the court and looked incredibly calm as trainers worked on helping him. After a few minutes, a splint was put on his entire right leg and he was wheeled off the floor on a gurney as his teammates looked on very concerned.
Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski grabbed a microphone and thanked the crowd for their support before advising them that the game was going to be called with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. Team USA White was leading Team USA Blue 81-71 at the time.
Fans applauded and chanted the name of Paul George as the players left the floor.
There is no confirmation as to what the extent of the injury is, but it looked incredibly serious. George was taken away in an ambulance as soon as he was taken off the court.