Indiana Pacers May Have To Play The Heat Without Paul George

05.21.14 4 years ago 19 Comments

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Dwyane Wade had 10 points in the fourth quarter of the Miami Heat’s 87-83 victory of the Indiana Pacers last night, but it may have been a key fourth quarter turnover that will swing this series for his team.

After taking a knee to the head from Wade during a scramble, Paul George has been diagnosed with a concussion. George told reporters after the game that he blacked out and had blurred vision for the final five minutes of the game, which the Pacers claim he didn’t tell them, but did finish the game. The league mandates that any player who is suspected of suffering a concussion must undergo evaluation “in a quiet, distraction-free environment,” George never left the bench after the play and was still in the game after a timeout.

Despite never leaving the court, a place that clearly was neither quiet nor a distraction free environment, the NBA claims the Pacers did indeed follow the NBA concussion protocol:

“The Indiana Pacers medical team followed the NBA concussion protocol and there was no indication of concussion during the game,” Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the director of the NBA concussion program, said in a statement. “This case illustrates that concussion evaluation is an ongoing process and manifestations of the injury may not always (be) present immediately.”

Concussions are predictable only in their unpredictability as the Pacers know first hand after George Hill suffered a concussion in the playoffs last season, missing four days of action and one game.

Game 3 airs Saturday 8:30 EST on ESPN.

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