Thunder’s George: ‘I don’t feel like myself’

Paul George and the Thunder finished fourth in the Western Conference last season.

Following the Oklahoma City Thunder’s home loss to the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night, Thunder small forward Paul George said he’s concerned about his shooting struggles, claiming something is wrong with his shot “mechanically.”

George scored 20 points against the Warriors, but shot just 5-of 19 from the field and 3-of-9 from beyond the arc. He’s been in a slump ever since the All-Star break, as in 20 games, the swingman is shooting 37.1 percent overall and a dreadful 28.9 percent from 3-point range.

“There’s something mechanical in my shot,” George told reporters. “I’ve had struggles throughout the season and in my career shooting it, but it’s all just been about not making shots. I don’t know what it is. It feels funny. Shooting the ball feels funny. So I’m going to work with the trainers and try and figure that out. But I don’t feel like myself shooting the ball right now. Something’s going on in my shooting.”

The loss dropped the Thunder to 45-34 on the season. They entered Wednesday as the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoff standings, holding a half-game lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

OKC will need George to snap out of this funk as soon as possible if they are to make a deep postseason run.