Indiana Pacers star Paul George announced Saturday morning on Instagram that he’ll make his long-awaited return to the floor on Easter Sunday against the Miami Heat:
George suffered a nasty leg injury over the summer in a scrimmage with Team USA, and the general consensus was that he’d be out for this entire season. But in mid-February, rumblings began to surface that George was eyeing a return to the court in mid-March, with Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears reporting a target date of March 14.
George returned to practice in late February, but that March 14 date came and passed without him returning to the floor. As the wait for his return dragged into April and the Pacers hit a rough patch, it seemed like there was a good chance their star would just sit the rest of the season.
Instead, George will return to the floor against the team he has had much playoff success against the last few years, albeit now the Heat don’t have LeBron James. Both Indiana and Miami are fighting for playoff spots, with the Pacers 1½ games behind the Heat, who currently hold the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
While the return of George could provide a boost, there are no guarantees given the seriousness of the injury and how long he has been out. He’ll need some time to find a rhythm and he’ll surely be brought back slowly. However, even if he’s not himself (likely), his return could simply provide a psychological and emotional boost to a Pacers team that could use it.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) April 4, 2015