Updates from Saturday, May 24
Andrew Keh of The New York Times has good news on George:
Frank Vogel, speaking after Pacers shootaround, said Paul George "should be good to go."— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) May 24, 2014
Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star has more:
No minutes restriction tonight for #Pacers Paul George (concussion) who went through morning shootaround— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 24, 2014
The Pacers also shared footage of George shooting in practice:
Updates from Friday, May 23
The Indiana Pacers provided an update on Paul George's status:
Paul George has been cleared to return to normal basketball activity by NBA’s Director of Concussion Management: http://t.co/W5JY8DQ1wX— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 23, 2014
George will participate in tomorrow’s shootaround and barring any unforeseen complications, he will play Saturday. http://t.co/KJV41AUND9— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 23, 2014
Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel previously had the latest on George:
No practice for Paul George. Will be a game-time decision— Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) May 23, 2014
Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star has more on the swingman's condition:
Paul George said he's been symptom free for two days.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 22
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports an encouraging update on George's status:
There's an increasing confidence around Pacers that Paul George will meet benchmarks of NBA's concussion protocol before Game 3 on Saturday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 23, 2014
Josina Anderson of ESPN provided the latest on Paul George's status as he tries to recover from a concussion:
Paul George is currently doing the same amount of activity, working on his shooting, as everyone else. pic.twitter.com/kJhxxb0NSP— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) May 22, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 21
The Indiana Pacers released a statement on Paul George's head injury:
Following the game, George stated for the first time that he “blacked out” on the play. As a result of this statement, the team conducted the NBA-mandated concussion assessment, which did not reveal any active symptoms of concussion.
Because of the statement and Indiana’s ongoing evaluation and management of potential concussions, George underwent further testing and evaluation Wednesday morning. He 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, Director of the NBA Concussion Program, has been in contact with the team medical staff and stated, “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.”
The Indiana Pacers lost more than just Game 2 and home-court advantage on Tuesday night against the Miami Heat in their Eastern Conference Finals showdown, as star forward Paul George's status is up in the air after a collision with Dwyane Wade.
According to Scott Agness of the Pacers' official website, George had vision issues after Wade's knee connected with the back of his head:
Paul George: “I blacked out as soon as it happened and then, … however much time was remaining, I was just blurry."— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) May 21, 2014
NBA on ESPN captured the moment:
ESPN's Tom Haberstroh later captured a quote from coach Frank Vogel concerning George's status:
Vogel: he was "OK, good to go." RT @ScottAgness: PG said he blacked out from his collision with Wade, tried to play through blurry vision.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 21, 2014
Agness also followed up:
Per Pacers PR: Paul George answered all the ?s on the bench that pertained to the concussion protocol. Only symptom was pain in back of head— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) May 21, 2014
It's a major blow for the Pacers, but George does have three full days to recuperate from the injury before the series continues in Miami on Saturday. That is plenty of time for George to bounce back, as long as the issue is not too serious.
While the 87-83 loss coupled with the injury news stings, it's important to remember that George shot 1-of-11 from the field in the first half and finished with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists.
That's a decent night, all things considered. A better shooting touch and Indiana heads to Miami up 2-0. Instead, things are knotted up, but having George woozy late in the fourth quarter didn't help.
He will have to see a major uptick in production, as the Pacers certainly cannot count on the erratic Lance Stephenson for 25 more points like they did on Tuesday night—especially on the road. Perhaps more importantly, the Pacers will need George for his defense in hostile territory or they may head home to Bankers Life Fieldhouse with their season on the line.