After a nasty collision with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Paul George was diagnosed with a concussion after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He was unable to participate in team practices held by the Indiana Pacers and his status for the Game 3 in Miami was unknown, leaving Pacers fans everywhere a little uneasy.
Today, George was cleared by his doctors and is able to play in the upcoming game Saturday night. Although many saw this as a series issue according to a quote from George in the Sun-Sentinel on Friday, he never saw sitting out Game 3 as a realistic possibility.
“I’ve been symptom-free about two days now. I mean, right after it happened, I was kind of just hitting the last stages of it, but we had to go through the whole protocol to make sure I was good,” he said.
Those words from George are obviously good news not only if you are a Pacers fan, but for the fact that the play seemed to look worse than it actually was. Paul is a huge part to the success of this team and if they have any hopes of getting past the Heat, he needs to not only be playing, but doing so at a high level — not only offensively but in guarding LeBron James as well.
As we all anxiously await the start of Game 3 Saturday night, George has benefited dearly from the three days off from basketball. Up to this point in the playoffs, most games have had only one day in between them, so having this big of a break could not have come at a better time. It will be interesting to see how George will play following all of this, as many eyes will, of course, be focused on him.