Pacers' George diagnosed with concussion

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) gets hit in the head by Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade (3)...

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) gets hit in the head by Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade (3) during a scramble for a loose ball in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

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Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered a concussion after taking a knee to the back of the head during the loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the team announced Wednesday.

George must now satisfy all the protocols set forth in the NBA's concussion policy before he can play Game 3 of the series in Miami on Saturday. The series is tied 1-1.

George took a knee to the back of the head from Dwyane Wade with 6:49 left in the Heat's 87-83 victory on Tuesday night.

"I blacked out as soon as it happened and then ... however much time was remaining, I was just blurry," George said after the game.

The Pacers said in a statement that immediately after the play, George exhibited no symptoms of a concussion and, in response to questions from the Pacers' medical staff, he denied dizziness, nausea and issues with his vision. He was also active and aware of his surroundings. As a result, the Indiana medical staff did not suspect a concussion.

"Following the game, George stated for the first time that he 'blacked out' on the play," the statement said. "As a result of this statement, the team conducted the NBA-mandated concussion assessment, which did not reveal any active symptoms of concussion."

George underwent further testing and evaluation Wednesday morning.

George "has been diagnosed by the team's consulting neurologist with a concussion, based on his post-game reporting that he had briefly lost consciousness during the game. He will begin the NBA-mandated protocol for return-to-participation after a diagnosed concussion," according to the team statement.

Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, director of the NBA concussion program, has been in contact with the team medical staff and said in a statement:

"The Indiana Pacers medical team followed the NBA concussion protocol and there was no indication of concussion during the game. This case illustrates that concussion evaluation is an ongoing process and manifestations of the injury may not always present immediately."

Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Tuesday night that he did not believe George's injury was serious and that George was cleared to return to the court.

"I do not (have an update)," Vogel said. "The only information I got during the game was that he was good to go."

George, 24, is averaging a team-high 21.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 42.5 percent during the playoffs.

 


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