Yes, you read correctly. Paul George believes he could play this season - if the Pacers make the playoffs.
If you saw his horrific injury - I don't advise you to watch it if you didn't - you'll find it hard to believe that Paul George could see playing time this season, even if Indiana make a deep playoff run.
However at the Pacers media day today he was walking around without crutches and taking pictures with his team mates. He told Pacers online that he was was trying to remain positive, despite the set back:
“Everything happens for a reason,” George said. “It gave me a chance to be in the weight room and spend some time there. I've got to use this as a blessing. It's tough to say you got hurt for a reason, but I honestly think I did. Now everything is starting to come back for me. I'm feeling great. I've been cleared to be in the weight room and work out. That's been keeping me positive and sane.”
He went on to say that he would be travelling with the team on road trips later in the season and that he believes his best chance of playing this year is if the Pacers make the playoffs; although his coaching staff are assuming he wont feature at all:
“It's very possible that I can play (this season),” George said. “I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year.' I've already got it in mind that I could miss this whole year. I'm come to peace with that, but I'd love to be able to come back and play again.”
So, George has laid down the challenge to his team mates. If they want to see him on the court this season, make the playoffs. A bit of a catch 22 considering making the playoffs without George will be a tough ask.