January 28, 2018 / 5:14 AM / 9 months ago

Thunder's George to replace injured Cousins in All Star Game

(Reuters) - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George will replace the injured DeMarcus Cousins in next month’s All Star Game, the NBAannounced on Saturday. Cousins, who was voted a starter for the game and had been chosen as a part of LeBron James’ team, suffered a season-ending left Achilles injury on Friday against Houston.

Jan 27, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley (22) during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

George, now a five-time All Star, will join James’ team though the available starting lineup spot will be decided by the team’s coach.

He is averaging 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists and is second in the NBA with 2.1 steals per contest.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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