One of the biggest stories to come out of Game 2 between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers was that Paul George sustained a concussion and was probable to miss Game 3 in Miami. As we learned today, George has been cleared to play and will likely suit up for Game 3 tomorrow night but his decision to re-enter the game this week after having blacked out is something that even Heat players are admitting they’d have done as well.
There is no love lost between these two teams but they seem to be in agreement that a head concussion isn’t going to keep them out of a game like Game 2 was unless they were physically restrained.
“I think every last player in the Final Four would have played through it,” [LeBron] James said. “This is the conference finals, and obviously, a concussion is very serious. Our concussion test is not as extensive as the NFL. It doesn’t happen as much. I think all of us would have played through it under the circumstances.”
George suiting up for the Pacers in Game 3 is good news for Pacers fans and for anyone hoping to get a fair fight in the Conference Finals. But the questions about George re-entering the game with a concussion is something that touches all sports as head injuries are as scrutinized today as they’ve ever been and George’s decision to keep playing with one is controversial at best.