Last night during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Paul George took a knee to the head from Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade. The team issued an NBA concussion test immediately after and according the Indiana Pacers, he passed it then; however, today George was diagnosed with a concussion.
This does not mean that George will automatically miss Game 3 of the series Saturday night in Miami; he will just not be allowed to practice with the team until he is symptom free and three days off could not have come at a better time for the Pacers.
George is obviously a key part to the Pacers’ chances at derailing the back-to-back world champions, and if he is not able to go for Game 3, this would be a huge blow to the team. This postseason, George has averaged 21.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists and has been a true leader for his team to be in the position they are in. His effectiveness goes beyond that as he is being tasked to guard the best player in the world in LeBron James; although James had a huge fourth quarter, George was able to do a great job keeping him in check for most of Game 2.
The next few days will be very important as George looks to be cleared for a big Game 3. This could be a pivotal point of the series as the Pacers need to find a way to at least split the next two games in Miami. For now, Pacers fans everywhere are hoping George will be good to go. Otherwise, a Game 3 win seems very unlikely.