The injury situation at small forward is nearing crisis stage for the Mavericks after they found out Devean George has cartilage damage in his right knee that could require surgery.
George was injured Wednesday at Portland and the leg stiffened up quickly after he departed the game in the fourth quarter.
It is not known what sort of procedure will be required, but team physician Dr. T.O. Souryal will join the team in Los Angeles on Saturday to conduct a thorough exam on George. This sort of injury typically requires some sort of surgery to repair the cartilage. The Mavericks said there didn’t appear to be any ligament damage.
George, who referred comment after today’s shootaround to athletic trainer Casey Smith, suffered the injury when he was on a fast break and Portland guard Steve Blake fouled him to prevent an easy basket.
“It’s tough,” said Dirk Nowitzki. “It kind of looked like an awkward play. He had a little breakaway and the guy was just trying to foul him and I guess he came down awkward. It’s obviously a little frustrating, but injuries are part of the game for every team. You can’t complain about it.”
Injuries like this are never a good thing. Still, as much as I’ll miss George’s effort on the court, I won’t miss the errant three pointers and pointless fouls in the paint. Get well soon, Devean, but we’re moving on without you. VIVA LA JAMES SINGLETON.