Indianapolis, IN - The Indiana Pacers received some scary news yesterday with the news that Paul George could miss Game 3 on Saturday night with a concussion. They received some good news yesterday evening when he looked great all day in non-contact practice and his symptoms appear to be going away in plenty of time for him to complete his tests. Multiple reports have been coming out that the Pacers are increasingly optimistic and confident that George will be just fine to play on Saturday.
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
This is great news for the Pacers to say the very least after all the possibilities flying around if he wasn’t going to be available. They have to be able to go down into Miami and win one of the next two games, and there isn’t much of a chance that they can do that without George’s defense on LeBron James. Despite the numbers that most NBA players miss 3.8 games per concussion, George is close to being ready to get back on the court and fully prepare for the Heat.
George suffered the concussion towards the end of Game 2 when he was hit in the back of the head by the knee of Dwyane Wade. There have been a ton of fans questioning whether or not the play was intentional, but we will never know about that situation. Hopefully George is able to come back at 100% in Game 3 and lead his Pacers team to a big road win.
Game 3 will tip off at 8:30 ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.