Paul George says he blacked out and experienced blurred vision after taking a knee to the head in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals. Even though he was able to finish the contest, it now appears his game three status is unclear.
Pacers say guard Paul George has been diagnosed with a concussion. He will begin an NBA-mandated protocol to return to participation.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 21, 2014
So whether George wants to play or not, his status is now in the hands of the league’s concussion protocol.
This is not what you want to hear if you’re a fan of the Indiana Pacers. With the team failing to keep home court advantage, games three and four in Miami are absolutely huge.
I’m not ready to write off the Pacers, but they really needed to win both home games. The Heat were probably just hoping to split games one and two and take the momentum back to South Beach. They’ve gotten their wish and now it’s up to LeBron James and company to firmly grasp control of the ECF.
If George is unable to play the Pacers will have little chance of pulling the upset on the road. He needs to be huge the rest of the series for Indiana to have a real shot at the Finals. Lance Stephenson has been great at times, but he certainly can’t do it alone.
Stay tuned as this story is sure to pick up steam as the minutes to game three tick away.