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Pacers’ Paul George cleared by doctors, expected to play in Game 3

May 23, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade, Paul George Dwyane Wade, Paul George

The Pacers expected this would happen. The Heat players said they expected this would happen. Now it is official.

Paul George has been cleared of concussion symptoms by both the Pacers doctors and a league neurologist, he can resume “normal basketball activities” and is expected play in Game 3 Saturday, the team announced Friday evening.

George had suffered a concussion when Dwyane Wade kneed him in the back of the head during a scramble for a loose ball during the third quarter of Game 2. Paul played the remainder of the game but said afterwards that he had blacked out (had he not said that the concussion might never have been detected).

This is what George had said at Pacers practice Friday about his condition, as reported by the Sun-Sentinel.

“(I’ve been symptom free) About two days now.  I mean, right after it happened, I was kind of just hitting the last stages of it, but we had to go through the whole protocol to make sure I was good.”

The Pacers need George — they actually need a better version of the George that started 1-of-11 shooting in Game 2. Through two games George has 38 points on 11-of-27 (40.7) percent shooting — the Pacers can’t afford not to have him and his shot creation skills if they are going to get one of the games in Miami.

With George back this feels like a series destined for at least six games.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - May 23, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Whole Heat team just peed in their pants. Just when they thought they won’t face Paul George…

    Just like when the Spurs heard of Ibaka news…

  2. honkerdawg - May 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Of course he was cleared, wouldn’t want ratings to suffer

    • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Watch… Hibbert will win the jump ball and Paul George will grab his tip and race down the court and throw down a brilliant dunk…

      IN THE HEAT’S BASKET!!!

      So, 7 seconds into the game, Frank V. will be calling timeout and the trainer will be walking towards the coach and the player.

      George will be looking around wondering why no one is high fiving him, or chest bumping him etc…

  3. golfrangeman - May 23, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Based on how he played last game I think you mean gized in there pants

    • jkirby317 - May 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      If you are not sure how to spell a word… look it up.
      I am surprised a Heat fan couldn’t spell jizz.

      • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        Uh, I’m NOT surprised they cant spell jizz actually…

  4. vikes69 - May 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    lol they were winning before this injury, it should be 2-0

  5. antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    What a surprise!

    • jkirby317 - May 23, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      I agree with you. I know crazy, right?
      There was NO way that PG wasn’t playing. Not even a doubt.

  6. jzone954 - May 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Great can we stop with all the updates now about nothing? Miami was preparing for him regardless

  7. jzone954 - May 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    If Chris Bosh can contribute more then 9 pts 3 rebounds a game miami will be FINE.

    • antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      They’ll be fine either way. It’s not like Bosh was lighting it up when the Heat beat the Pacers by 11 and by 23 in games 5 and 7 last year. In fact, in game 7 the Heat won big and Bosh only shot 3-13.

  8. golfrangeman - May 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    1 typo in 2 years you guys are tough !!

  9. jzone954 - May 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    @anti, nothing but respect for you bro but I have to disagree in terms of this year we will see the best we’ve seen of the Pacers. We need Bosh to step it up because in my mind if he’s the same no show in big
    Games that he’s been, this might go 7, but
    If he can be who he truly is, then we can end this before 7. If this goes 7 , it’ll be because Bosh just can’t get going.

  10. prareedoggin - May 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    He didn’t have a concussion! He got his head tapped and after losing he blamed it on that and said he blacked out so he could deflect the issue of losing the home court he so desperately needed. Same way he had the excuse of filming commercials and fatigue, are you kidding me?!?! Lebron has so many commercials from so many endorsements and hes fine. Or when he struggled from being catfished or his pregnant hooker. He is full of excuses. Instead of being a man and saying we lost and im fine we will get them next game, he says oh i hit my head really hard and blacked out (pity me). Hes the fakest superstar ive ever seen.

  11. prareedoggin - May 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    “I don’t need a concussion to black out.” – Roy Hibbert

  12. ranfan12 - May 23, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    “Dirty PG, trying to hurt Wade’s knee with his head, the leauge should ban him!”
    lol

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