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Paul George held out of practice Thursday, started process to return for Game 3

May 22, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

We likely will not know if the Pacers will have Paul George back from his concussion for Game 3 against the Heat until a few hours before tipoff Saturday.

George looked like a protected quarterback at Pacers practice Thursday, wearing a red vest and not going through any contact drills, just a couple shooting ones.

Candace Buckner of the Indy Star has the details:

George suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the Pacers/Heat Game 2, when in a scramble for a loose ball Dwyane Wade accidentally kneed George in the head.

George played the rest of the game but in post-game interviews said he blacked out for a bit, which led to a second round of tests and a concussion diagnosis. For him to be cleared to play he has to be symptom free (as proven by passing tests) after increasing levels of exertion. This all must be approved by both the team doctor and the league neurologist.

A legitimate discussion of how George got to continue playing after suffering a concussion is taking place in some parts of the league. The NBA cleared the Pacers staff of wrongdoing saying George exhibited none of the signs of a concussion, or at least didn’t admit them to the staff at the time.

But in a game where he had been off already (1-of-11 shooting) he floated through the remainder and didn’t really play with his usual aggression. Should the team doctors have noticed this? The coaches? Do the tests need to be changed — should he have at least gone back to the locker room for a more thorough examination?

It’s a good discussion to have, because a player with a concussion should not be back on the court.

  1. fanofthegame79 - May 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    He’ll play.

  2. DonRSD - May 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Why not call the fouls against Hibbard when he goes “straight up”, yet his arms swing downward.


    • bball242322 - May 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Its Hibbert you moron. And of course his arms are going to swing downward a little bit when 240 pound LBJ is running full steam at the guy. The defender should have a chance too. and Hibbert does this to perfection

      Go Pacers. Pacers in 7

    • bougin89 - May 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM


  3. bball242322 - May 22, 2014 at 4:24 PM


  4. indyzown - May 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Have you ever stumped your toe, or bump your knee? If you have you know good and well that you dont stump both your toes or two knees into the exact same object at the same @#$% time! !!!
    That was. Obviously. A flagrent foul!!!!! Wade should be suspended &btw fined ..smh

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Me flunk English, that’s unpossible!

  5. antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Yeah, yeah, yeah… he’ll be fine.

  6. zacksdad - May 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Didn’t Kobe stay in a dark room for 2 days to help get rid of concussion symptoms? I wonder if he can think this way and try to recover quickly.

    • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      No, no… that’s just a regular weekend for Kobe.

  7. udogg - May 23, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Wade is easily one of the dirtiest players in the league and he has the refs and league in his pocket. Remember him chasing and pushing Darren Collison down to avoid a fast break lay up? Flagrant 1? Wade should have been suspended.

    I am convinced that the heat are coached to intentionally dive on top of other players in loose ball situations (no different than piling on in the NFL) with the possibility of hurting other players as happened to George. Time for the Pacers to be tougher.

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