May 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) drives towards the basket against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the second half of game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 87 to 83. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James says Any Player Would Have Returned like Paul George Did

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.

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