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Report: Pacers confident Paul George will be cleared by Saturday

May 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Using the words “concussion” and “caught a break” in the same sentence is uncomfortable, but…

If the Pacers caught a break with Paul George’s concussion it’s that there were four days between games, more time for George to heal and pass the league mandated concussion protocol. The Pacers think he will, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

George did not go through a full practice on Thursday, he wore a red no-contact red vest and only took part in some shooting drills. However, coach Frank Vogel said that George had started the protocols to be cleared to play. Those involve passing some mental agility tests (off his previously set baseline) after increasing levels of exertion.

The Pacers and Heat are tied 1-1 with Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals set for Saturday night in Miami. Indiana has played good defense through most of the first two games, but it needs to find more consistent scoring — without George that likely is impossible. Through two games he 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.

  1. 25yearindyfan - May 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Need the split in Miami.

  2. void96eater - May 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    They need to be careful not to rush him back.

    • antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      They don’t, actually. He’s fine.

  3. johnc44 - May 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    I wouldn`t rush him back for game 3 because who ever wins game 3 will lose game 4 anyway.The NBA will get at least 6 games from this series no matter what.Just check the ratings.The Spurs are playing so good the refs have no effect there and the series could be over in 5 so they are getting 6 from Miami/Indiana.These are going to be tough close games that gives the refs a chance to dictate late in games.Game 1 was refereed to Indiana`s strengths and Game 2 to Miami`s.It will be a best of 3 series at the end.

    • antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      I’m not sure the Pacers have what it takes to go 6 games regardless of what the refs try to do.

      • johnc44 - May 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        That`s not what the Heat fans were saying after all the free throws in game 1.
        All they would need to do is call a few fouls on Lebron or Wade early and it would have a major impact on the Heat.I would be willing to bet Joey Crawfords crew will be at game 4 and if he is i will be betting on whoever is down 2-1.

      • antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        One would probably bet on whoever is down 2-1 in the Conference Finals anyway, because it’s really hard at this level to go up 3-1. But in this case I like Miami at home in both games against a Pacers team that has been out of sorts and discombobulated for months.

  4. antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    You don’t say

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