Team USA's Blue-White showcase was suspended in the second half after Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered a gruesome lower leg injury on Friday night.
Rushing back on defense to defend James Harden in the open court, George challenged the Houston Rockets guard's layup attempt. As he landed, George's right leg suffered an apparent break below the knee as it crashed against the basket stanchion. Players immediately called for medical attention with the 6-foot-8 forward on the ground. George's leg eventually was put into a splint and he was carted off the court on a stretcher.
Many of George's teammates looked distraught during the lengthy delay, including Kevin Durant. Team USA officials decided to end the game. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski addressed the crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
"With the serious injury that we have and the fact that we've stopped playing for a long period of time and really in respect to Paul and his family, the scrimmage is done," Krzyzewski said.
Team USA is preparing for the World Cup of Basketball later this month in Spain. Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are two of the 20 players participating.
Durant and Wall later tweeted support for George, who was later taken to a local hospital.
God bless u my brother @Paul_George24. Im hurt, praying for you. Praying for peace. Praying that God heals you in a supernatural way.— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 2, 2014
Everybody pray for my bro @Paul_George24 and wish him a speedy recovery...Luv ya bro !!— John Wall (@John_Wall) August 2, 2014
A tremendous two-way player and the top star for the Pacers, George was a projected starting forward and defensive stopper for Team USA. Obviously none of that matters now and hopefully George makes a full and speedy recovery.
For those that need to see the replay of George's injury, it's on the internet somewhere. For those that are squeamish and even if you're not, do yourself a favor and let this one go. If you need additional reason to avoid this replay, note the reaction and the person who sent the following tweet.
Man..— Kevin Ware (@5Juice) August 2, 2014
A local athlete who knows a thing or two about devastating injuries also offered support to George, just like he did Ware.
My thoughts & prayers go out to Paul George .— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) August 2, 2014