Paul George is expected to meet the NBA’s concussion protocol before the Indiana Pacers’ Eastern Conference Finals game 3 against the Miami Heat on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
There's an increasing confidence around Pacers that Paul George will meet benchmarks of NBA's concussion protocol before Game 3 on Saturday.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 23, 2014
George suffered the concussion during game 2, while battling for a loose ball with Miami’s Dwyane Wade. George fell down on the floor and was kneed in the back of the head. Both players were shaken up on the play, but George convinced the medical staff that he was fine, although he admitted after the game that he had blacked out and was dizzy.
The growing concern was that the Pacers’ superstar might miss the pivotal game 3, but thanks to a longer break between the games it now seems that he will meet the necessary protocol before the series shifts to Miami.
Concussions generally take a little longer to recover from, but the Pacers will do everything to get their superstar cleared for the game, especially since Indiana dropped a game at home. While he is still considered questionable for game 3, it would seem that there is a good chance of him being able to play.
George had a great game 1, scoring 24 points. His performance was sub-par in the following game, as he was limited to just 14 points on 4-16 shooting.
Game 3 tips off 8:30 ET on Saturday and will be broadcast on ESPN.