May 23, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT
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.
- Grizzlies start fast, hang on to beat Portland, take 3-0 series lead 0
- Bucks outwork Bulls, stay alive on Jerryd Bayless game-winner 6
- Nets use 18-0 second-half run to secure Game 3 victory over Hawks 5
- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined $25K for publicly criticizing officials after Game 3 loss to Rockets 10
- PBT Extra: Stephen Curry starting to have his defining playoff moments 8
- Behind 32 points from Kawhi Leonard, Spurs rout Clippers to take 2-1 series lead 13
- The Truth (and Marcin Gortat) will set Washington free, up 3-0 on Toronto after win 8
- James Harden scores 42 points to lead Rockets to Game 3 win, 3-0 series lead over Mavericks 17