George suffered concussion in Game 2 loss on Tuesday…
Indiana Pacers star Paul George has been cleared to play against the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night.
George suffered a concussion in Game 2 after colliding with Dwyane Wade as the Heat star’s knee hit the back of his rival’s head as the pair fell to the floor.
However, George is expected to participate in the team’s shoot-around on Saturday morning and provided that he doesn’t suffer any setbacks then he will be available for selection.
“Under the care of the Indiana Pacers’ medical staff, Paul George has spent the past three days engaged in the NBA’s Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol as part of the NBA’s Concussion Policy,” the Pacers said in a statement.
“George remained symptom free after each step of the process. The Pacers staff consulted with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the NBA’s Director of Concussion Management, throughout George’s progress through the protocol and Friday cleared him to return to normal basketball activity.”
After the incident, George conceded to reporters that he had blacked out and had blurred vision, and as per regulations he had to be symptom free for two days before resuming normal practice.
Point guard George Hill suffered a similar knock in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last year, and insisted that George would be honest about his condition rather than lie in order to be passed fit enough to play.
Having come through all the tests and protocol, it appears as though he will start as the Pacers look to bounce back from their defeat last time out and take back home-court advantage.