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LeBron on Paul George’s concussion: ‘I think all of us would have played through it under the circumstances’

May 22, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

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Paul George suffered what was later diagnosed as a concussion after taking a knee to the head from Dwyane Wade midway through the fourth quarter of Miami’s Game 2 win over the Pacers.

George’s status is questionable for Saturday’s Game 3, as he’ll have to pass a series of tests before he’s medically cleared to return to action.

He probably shouldn’t have finished Game 2, but without notifying the team’s medical staff of any particular symptoms, there was no reason for Indiana to sit George down. LeBron James understands completely, and said after Thursday’s practice that he believes everyone playing at this stage of the postseason would have attempted to play through the injury that George had sustained.

“I think every last player in the Final Four would have played through it,” James said.  “This is the conference finals, and obviously, a concussion is very serious. Our concussion test is not as extensive as the NFL. It doesn’t happen as much. I think all of us would have played through it under the circumstances.”

That doesn’t make it right, but LeBron wasn’t alone in this line of thinking. David West similarly said that it might be difficult for a player to be completely honest in terms of his symptoms if he wants to stay in the game.

“I think sometimes it is [difficult],” West said. “You want to play. Particularly if you know if it’s an ankle or something like that.  If you tighten the shoe up or whatever, you’re able to get through. And with the time of year it is. But you’ve got to stick to the protocol, and you’ve got to do what’s best for yourself long term.”

“You have to let the team know and the doctors know, the trainers know when you have symptoms,” Pacers big man Roy Hibbert said. “You have to think about your longevity as a human being before just the game. He has the right people around him and the organization is behind him, so whenever he’s ready to go, he’ll be back.”

Players will almost always continue to play through an injury if they’re at all physically able to do so. But teams and their medical personnel need to be more tuned-in to a player following an injury to prevent their competitive spirit from causing further, potentially irreparable damage.

  1. antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Everyone is overreacting to this.

    • musician0785 - May 23, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      ^^^^ SLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRPPPPP

      • billtetley53 - May 23, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        Pissy Eyes! Where have you been hiding?

        You have a lot if nerve posting something like that, when you defend to the teeth anything lakers, especially Kobe. You post that when you act like you are Kobes wife or mother?
        Not only are you a whiner and cryer, you are a hypocrite too. You are no better than kb2408. Trust me, that isnt good company to be in.

      • musician0785 - May 24, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        show me where I act like his “wife or mother” you wont…..you can’t. But what u do is ascribe that behavior to ANY laker fan that disagrees with you……You just wait for me to post huh? loser

      • musician0785 - May 24, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        What I actually do, is bash ridiculous Lakers and Kobe related misnomers with facts. Groupie

  2. roseann894 - May 22, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Never mind that, who won the title this year? I see no more games are scheduled in the foreseeable future; i must have missed the end of the postseason.

  3. wheels579 - May 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Play through it now and sue the league later for not stopping you from playing? LeBron’s greatness doesn’t license him to opine publicly on another player’s injury. This was just as foolish if not more so than Mark Cuban’s comments.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      “LeBron’s greatness doesn’t license him to opine publicly on another player’s injury.”

      And he didn’t.

    • gostlcards5 - May 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      I’m sure he didn’t just “opine” on it. I’m certain it was in response to a question asked by the media.

  4. lowtalker - May 22, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    So says the league’s biggest flopper and whiner. if he had been hit like that he would have flopped around and convulsed for at least 30 minutes.

    • beach305 - May 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Yet, wasn’t lance who got fine for flopping last game.

      • kavika6 - May 23, 2014 at 3:59 AM

        Exactly. They won’t fine his majesty, because he wouldn’t like it.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 23, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        “His majesty” was in fact fined for flopping, in the playoffs, against the same team, last year.

        Memory loss from aging is a sad thing.

      • gostlcards5 - May 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Yes, absolutely deserved. LeBron’s on the West foul was pretty bad, too, but it wasn’t even in the league of Lance’s “play dead” routine.

      • tashab03 - May 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Doesn’t matter. A flop is a flop. Lance wasn’t the only one guilty that game. Are there different “levels” of flopping? If Lance is held accountable, which he should be, then so should Heat players when they do it. And I’ve seen at last 3 in the last two games combined.

  5. sportsfan18 - May 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Too many of the better players in all pro sports think they are STILL helping their team and are a better option than those on the bench so they remain in many games.

    But, many times they are NOT a better option in these times (when injured or sick) than one of their teammates.

    I’m not just talking the NBA or this incident but a wide spectrum of playing hurt. Small minor injuries and yes the better players are still better.

    It’s a sliding scale and at SOME point their performance IS compromised enough that a teammate should be out there.

    Not enough coaches have the guts to take a star out then though…

    If they take them out and they lose the coach gets vilified in articles as they’ll say it’s better to play your star and lose with them…

    Really? If the coach (who is paid to KNOW his team) thinks taking him out is better, then that’s what should be done, but there are always two sides to each event.

    For instance, RGIII should NOT have remained on the field during that playoff game at the end of his rookie season.

    That was a time where the coach SHOULD have taken his player out of the game…

    • gostlcards5 - May 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Totally agree. I think that they simply weren’t able to detect it. Adrenaline is a powerful thing, and he probably felt OK and told them so.

  6. rexgrossman8 - May 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Flashback to the 30 for 30: Bad Boys (Really sweet!) when Pippen took a brutal hit in a series and then had “migraines” in game 7. With Concussion sensitivity being prevalent now, it’s possible that Pip had a concussion. He was vilified as being weak or not tough until the Bulls won a title. Even with social awareness and sensitivity, George will play through it because from his POV too much is at stake (Rep, Respect, Title, Glory, etc.) and he’s a competitor at the highest level of his sport.

    • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Scottie always had a migraine problem. Kind of like D.Wade. It just happens when it happens.

      • savvybynature - May 23, 2014 at 3:13 AM

        So a concussion can’t trigger migraines in a person with migraine problems? The poster said it’s “possible” he had a concussion, are you saying it’s impossible?
        The point is valid regardless, and no one knows if he had a concussion because no one was testing for them back then.

  7. vikes69 - May 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    coming from the guy who left a finals game for “cramps”.

    • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      You mean coming from a guy who hit a dagger three in a finals game playing on one leg.

    • bbbmf - May 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      From someone who’s obviously never exerted himself to the point of experiencing cramps.

  8. jzone954 - May 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Hating is a female trait…

  9. cantonbound13 - May 23, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    This coming from the same pansy that left a game & missed the following 3 games after a broken nose. Little Steve Nash returned to the same game after he broke his nose. STFU LeBaby!

  10. prareedoggin - May 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comparing it to Nash’s injury is dumb. Nash doesn’t drive to the hoop with a wreckless abandon and constantly get hit much harder then other players due to his strength (like Shaq) when driving to the hoop. Genius

    • gostlcards5 - May 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      I asked this yesterday and no one answered:

      Does anyone know why my thumbs up/down disappear and reappear randomly when I refresh my browser? Is it a setting problem?

    • gostlcards5 - May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Sorry….that wasn’t supposed to be a reply to you…

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