On Saturday night, when the Los Angeles Clippers were facing the New Orleans Pelicans, Austin Rivers took an elbow to the head from Terrence Jones and hit the floor, where he was attended by medical personnel and assisted to the bench. After some time had passed, Rivers was allowed back into the game, before appearing disoriented and getting removed once again. That sort of mix-up is incredibly dangerous for a player, and got some wondering about whether the NBA’s concussion protocol was properly implemented.
As it turns out, though head coach Doc Rivers claims tests were performed, “proper” isn’t the way to describe them.
The problem with that sort of test, as NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman points out, is that it was on the bench. Here’s the relevant part of the league’s policy: