Pacers’ George diagnosed with concussion after all

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com


VIDEO: Dwyane Wade’s knee collides with the back of Paul George’s head

Paul George, the Indiana Pacers’ All-Star wing player and leading scorer, was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday morning and will begin the NBA-mandated protocol for returning to participation, the team announced.

George’s status for the rest of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat is not known. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is set for Saturday in Miami, with subsequent games played every other day as needed after that.

George suffered a head injury while scrambling for a loose ball midway through the fourth quarter of Indiana’s Game 2 loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. As he dived for the ball, Miami’s Dwyane Wade tripped over George, Wade’s left knee and then right leg striking him in the back of the head.

The Pacers’ fourth-year star said later that he blacked out momentarily, and can be seen in video lying still as coaches and team medical staff came onto the court in a timeout. George revealed after the game that, in addition to pain from the collision, he also suffered blurred vision over the final 6:50 of the game.

“I mean, I blacked out as soon as it happened,” George said late Tuesday night in the Indiana locker room. “And then, the whole four or five minutes, however much time was remaining, I was just blurry. My eyes was blurry. I just tried to play through it.”

That part came as news to the Pacers’ medical staff. George had denied during the timeout that he was experiencing dizziness, nausea or issues with his vision, all symptoms of a concussion, and was deemed active and aware of his surroundings. So coach Frank Vogel allowed George to play the balance of the game.

After the game, based on George’s comments and with the NBA and other pro sports leagues taking a more cautious approach to traumatic head injuries, the Pacers conducted the actual concussion assessment. Again, no symptoms of a concussion were evident.

But when he was re-evaluated by the team’s consulting neurologist, George was found to be suffering from a concussion.

Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the director of the league’s concussion program, said the team’s trainers and doctors handled George’s injury properly Tuesday. “The Indiana Pacers medical team followed the NBA concussion protocol and there was no indication of concussion during the game,” Kutcher said in a statement released by the team. “This case illustrates that concussion evaluation is an ongoing process and manifestations of the injury may not always present immediately.”

The return-to-participation protocol has no minimum timeline for a player to complete it – each injury and each player’s recovery time is different. The steps involve tests of increasing exertion – stationary bike, jogging on a treadmill, agility work, basketball drills – and the player must be symptom-free to advance to the next step.

Before a final determination clearing the player is made, the team physician must discuss the process and decision with Kutcher.

With three days between Games 2 and 3 in the series, George will have additional recovery time before he’s at risk of missing a game. For a reference point, Pacers point guard George Hill suffered a concussion in Game 4 of the 2013 East semifinals against New York last May, missed Game 5 but played in Game 6. The gap between Games 4 and 6 of that series last year was 96 hours – same as between Games 2 and 3 now.

But as noted in the policy, every case is different. For example, New Orleans big man Anthony Davis missed 11 games in his rookie season after suffering a concussion in November 2012. Orlando’s Nik Vucevic missed five games with a concussion in March 2013. Others have missed no games while completing the process from diagnosis to greenlighted to participate.

The Pacers and the Heat took Wednesday off, with both scheduled to resume practice Thursday. Tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven showdown, Games 3 and 4 will be played at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena before the series shifts back to Indianapolis next Wednesday.

88 Comments

  1. Dirty Wade says:

    Dirty wade is back

  2. TMac says:

    @ Common Sense…..I’m not sure I understand your point? So you are saying that just because some athletes can do spectacular plays at times mean that they can avoid any sudden, split second collisions or just any accident in general without hurting themselves and hurting other people in the process?? These athletes are human….. not superheroes.

  3. TMac says:

    @ kavika6……I would be the first to admit when somebody has done something wrong….and the PAST things Wade has done to people were wrong, unacceptable, and unnecessary. With that being said, the current situation at hand doesn’t even come close to being anything Wade has done in the past because if this was a dirty play I would have to wonder why would Wade be so dumb in risking hurting his knee again and letting his team down when they need him the most just because he wanted to take somebody out…..and how he managed to time PG’s fall just right to knee him in the back of the head….and how Wade had time to suddenly think about kneeing PG in the head from the time PG started falling to the time PG practically fell into Wade because the whole thing happened a hell of a lot faster in real time. IT. DOESN’T. MAKE. A. LICK. OF. SENSE. I swear most people are looking at the slo-mo portion only. I just find it funny it is the fans acting crazy over it, and the Pacers aren’t even giving it a second thought. SMDH.

  4. Matthew says:

    I looked at the instant replay in full speed and in slo-mo. In slo-mo you can imagine that Wade is some kinda ninja martial artists able to do a flying knee pin point the back of someone’s head while being in an awkward off balance position. Now in full speed you can see how Paul George’s dive sent Wade into an awkward fall resulting in an accidental collision. Paul George even hits his forehead on the floor before it bounces up into the perfect position to be hit in the back by that knee. It even looks like Wade’s trailing leg hits him as well. Quite unfortunate for the Pacers but these things happen in basketball. Lebron could have easily been hurt on the foul by David West but he expected that contact and adjusted accordingly. We have to remember that it is a game and protecting players comes first. Next is that you have to play your best no matter who is on the court. Before Paul George was PG, he was just another guy off the bench. Time for another guy off the bench to step up.

  5. rondo says:

    lets think about this
    one player broke another player’s nose, elbowed someone from the back, kneed the groin, leaned on someone and ended up breaking his arm, and then now kneed someone and got him a concussion
    and one more thing, all these players were the best players (except session i guess) on their teams
    coincidence? outta competitive mindset?
    i guess bowen is the most competitive player in the history of nba then

  6. TMac says:

    And nobody is saying a concussion isn’t serious compared to a knee injury. You need to go back a read the comments @Summergal74. People are trying to make a point by saying that Wade wouldn’t want to risk knocking somebody over the head with his knee because he has damaged knees…his knees have been giving him problems for awhile now….and if he risks hitting his knees, there is a big chance he would miss the rest of series. You really think he would be that selfish risking his own injury in order to hurt somebody else? He wouldn’t only be hurting himself, but he would be hurting his team, and he knows it.

  7. Dwayne Wade 3 says:

    I did knee him on purpose. I called mike tyson and david west up and was like watch how I body bag people. Than I found the right time to knee him and than drop a back leg on his head. David west was celebrating my knee and mike tyson sent me a text that said “d wade I like how you lied of being hurt after you body bag that george dude.”

  8. TMac says:

    @Summergal74 please tell me what Wade should/could have done differently when PG suddenly tripped in front of him while he is still in the running motion with no time to react appropriately? PG basically was falling into Wade. It’s not like he was 5 feet on front of Wade when it happened. You mean to tell me you would have been able to ballerina jump over PG in Wade’s position?

  9. kobeballhog says:

    Paul george is the dirtiest player ever imagining didnt duck out of the way intentionally lying in front of wade so he can hit wades troublesome knees. What a low blow. Trying to give wade a career ending knee injury. Hows this for a change to all you wannabe know all blaming wade. Never have i seen such a dirty move by a player, wades knee could break in half damn.

    • MGM says:

      Hahaha, it is actually pretty hilarious how ridiculous people get to try and make a mountain out of a mole hill. conspiracy theorists, have a little dose of the above.

      • Summergal74 says:

        It was foolish and dangerous of Wade to jump over George’s head! His actions warranted a suspension and a huge fine! No matter how you look at this situation, the fact still remains that Wade’s wreckless behavior on the court is the direct cause of him reinjuring his knee and even worse Paul George’s concussion. The league needs to take diciplinary actions against Wade. This is not the first time he did something like this, and until then he will continue to behave this way. This is totally unacceptable and should in no way be tollerated at all from anyone in the league. And what about Dwayne Wade’s history of injuring other players in case you forgot let’s look back to the NBA Playoffs in the game vs the Boston Celtics-Rajon Rondo suffered a dislocated arm, and Kobe Bryant suffered a broken nose In the NBA All-Star Game thanks to D Wade. Who’s the real dirty player now? Not Paul George of course! And besides smart one, it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out the a concussion that is far more serious than a knee injury!

  10. TROYBOY says:

    This is part of the game. No big deal. There’s protocols in place to deal with these situations. Hope PG is ok and ready to play the next game.

    • Summergal74 says:

      I understand that unfortunately injuries take place sometimes, not just in basketball, but in any sport. However, some of them could be avoided all together if you use common sense. I know Dwayne Wade is a very aggressive and competitive player, which nothing is wrong with that at all. I actually like that about him, I love what a player of his caliibur can bring to a basketball game, Sometimes you need that to take your game to the next level, but safety should be first at allways! After taking another look at the replay of what happened on that possession when Paul George clearly went for a steal in game 2. Wade just got overly aggressive which resulted in him reinjuring his knee and Paul George suffering a concussion. I’m not saying that it was wrong for Wade to try to regain possession of the ball, but it was the way he did it. If it meant his actions would cause another player to get hurt, it would have been far better to do nothing and both of those injuries would have been avoided all together if Wade used his common sense! I hope Paul George is OK, but for now his return remains questionable.

  11. Game Ball says:

    pacer fans want some tissue… pacers loss that game end of story??? Dwade on PG was pure accident…. even if he(PG) didn’t have that accident pacers still losing that game, because PG was none factor at all… Stephenson was their key guy in that game, BUT then, he plays dead during their last possession… Stephenson goes down and then WHAT? got up again then shoot…. WHAT kind of play was that??? LOL…. Simply hopeless…. Man down!!! Nope just playing dead… Nope he’s ok, for three!!!! no cigar!!!! ohhh Lance is injured!!! WHAT????

    • Summergal74 says:

      I don’t care wheather your a Heat fan or Pacer fan! There is absolutely no excuse for this “so-called accident” on account of Wade being overly aggressive on the court. Wade should have had enough common sense to know that jumping over someones head is not safe at all. According to the law of gravity, whatever or in this case whoever (Wade) goes up must come down. That means you land on the floor or worse case senario Paul George’s head. This warranted a flagrant 2 foul and ejection from the game. The contact was definately unnecessary. If it was for Wade, Paul George would be OK. That’s a big blow for the Pacers. This could very well change the outcome of the series.

    • iamironman says:

      This really made me laugh. Should be in Shaqtin’ a fool. Lol

  12. JimD54 says:

    Remember how Wade did Rondo a few years back in the playoffs, Wade will take a cheap shot at you when he can, but the Pacers were’ not going anywhere any way, they are too sorry at home in these playoffs, but the Spurs will be waiting for Miami and with a few days rest looks like, The Spurs should really take Miami out behind the woodshed this year…

  13. LOL!! PAUL GEORGE IS JUST REASONING OUT.. FEELING THE IMPENDING DOOM FOR THE ECF? LOLS.. EVEN THE DOCTORS AND PHYSCIANS IN INDY ARE HAVING A CONSPIRACY.. THEY ALREADY RULED IT OUT.. AND NOW AFTER THE GAME 2 LOSS, THEY JUST LOOK FOR REASONS.. AND SAY HE WAS POSITIVE FOR CONCUSSION .. LOLS..

  14. Bj says:

    I don’t understand why people would think Wade did this intentionally. Why would he want to cause pain in his knee when CLEARLY he has been SUFFERING with knee problems for the longest! How would that help him???? That dosent even make ANY sense!!!!! What advantage would he get with a busted knee???? #gettheF #haterswillhate

  15. Cj says:

    PG fell way to close to wade for wade to jump over him! Stop crying

  16. Cj says:

    They were talking about it at the end of the video as you can see.. Wade did not do that on purpose, you just want something more to hate on about the heat, grow up! It’s a physical sport ! Stick to watching tennis or baseball if you don’t like contact, and yes I said baseball.

  17. mee(a)t says:

    I really wonder what is wrong with people here.

  18. Mark says:

    Intentional!! See where wades eyes are at! obviously not to the ball!

  19. Common Sense says:

    I love Wade but at no point in time did he attempt to avoid PG. In fact, he let his legs and knees remain close to PG throughout the entire fall, he then puts his arms as if to say he didn’t do anything, and then sees PG down and then goes to the knee. Watching the instant replay it looks more and more that he simply did his best not to avoid hitting PG, which makes it completely understandable that people say he did it on purpose with his history. With Rondo, he accidentally fell onto him to. He always accidentally does it so it can never be enforced…

    • Game Time says:

      You really should change your name.

    • iamironman says:

      No sense. Not common.

      • Common Sense says:

        Sorry guys…no offense but wade is ridiculously athletic. I’ve seen him do some of the most athletic things. He could have easily jumped over him, jumped to the side, or simply stopped running but he went limp. I think he simply wanted to punish him for jumping in front, not to give him a concussion, but still, you know it and I do whether you admit it or not.

      • Common Sense says:

        And for the record almost all players in the nba will do something like this, so I don’t think he’s dirtier than most but do think he has his days

  20. TMac says:

    I’m trying to figure out how Wade could control avoiding PG’s head when PG was the one that fell into him while Wade was still in the running motion? Yeah, athletics do have more control over there bodies than the average person, but I’m sure when they collide with somebody on sudden impact or fall over somebody suddenly, it is a different story.

    • Common Sense says:

      Try to figure out how he stole the ball and then saved it and ally oozed it to kobe in the Olympics. He’s a freaking phenom. He can do whatever he wants

  21. soupdog says:

    It is depressing to see so many people able to convince themselves that Wade intentionally kneed George in the head. Or maybe you are not actually convinced, but only want to convince others. Either way, it’s sad. I’m not a heat or pacers fan, just a basketball and sports fan. George hit the deck right at Wade’s feet and knees and Wade tried to keep his legs from getting cut out from underneath him and risking injury. He just tried to fall in the best way he could in order to prevent injury to himself with extremely little time to react and when he was already off balance lunging for the ball. I really want to issue a personal challenge to those who think Wade hit him on purpose to actually just watch the play without any preconceptions. Maybe it helps a lot if you have experience playing basketball and sports generally, and also a history of trying to avoid injury to parts of your body that have been injured in the past. He is just trying to keep George from taking his legs out; the interpretation that he instantly conceives of an opportunity to try to knee George in the head as George is diving toward his legs, and then perfectly executes it at the cost of banging his own previously injured knee is simply preposterous, as compared to the interpretation in which he is trying to keep from having George take his legs out with his weight still on them.

  22. haha says:

    Wow these pacers fans want it all! I’ve seen babies run into walls harder than that! Paul George obviously needs something to blame his horrid game on. Too bad he was already 2-14 when this happened. Let’s talk about how Hibbert can take a nap in the paint, & goes over the back on every rebound

    • Game Time says:

      Hahahaha! “Babies into walls” I love it! George really did not get hit that hard. I know it wasn’t me, but he has to have an incredibly soft head to suffer a concussion from that. I’ve seen, and been hit worse than that in the back of the head and never blacked out.

  23. Game Time says:

    PG is such a beotch. Wade’s knew barley grazes his head. George must have a pea brain that was rattled around even by that insignificant contact or he’s probably finding an excuse to be out now instead of waste energy getting beat twice in the ECFs by Miami.

  24. MJ says:

    Sagat’s Tiger Knee has nothing to envy to Wade’s

  25. dbfan4ever says:

    As much as I want to beat the Heat as a Pacers fan, I don’t want George to rush back I would rather him sit and lose to to the Heat then risk his overall health. I was upset that Wade hit him in the back of the head but there is no way that Wade was intending to hurt PG! It was just two guys going for the ball and unfortunately PG got hit in the head. I do think that Wade should have been called for a loose ball foul at the very least!

  26. Lynn says:

    Wade has very sound basketball skills, talent, and athletic ability, so he really does not need to inflict unnecessary pain and inury on players on the opposing team. Nonetheless, I remember when Miami and Boston met in the Eastern Conference finals several years ago. During a crucial period in that game, Wade intentionally pulled Rondo to the floor. The impact was so devastating Rondo from that point on was barely able to use his arm. , In my opinion, that cost Boston the series.

    I did not see the play in which Wade kneed George in the head causing a concussion, but because of what he intentionally did to Rondo, it’s possible he deliberately hurt Paul George, Indiana’s best player, in order to even the series. Let’s hope Paul is able to return full strength on Saturday. If not, Miami may win this series not necessarily because Miami is the better team, but because Wade found a way to hurt Indiana’s best player.

  27. Josiah says:

    You are telling me that D Wade couldn’t step over George? He definitely put his knee forward first, D wade is a veteran he knows that you do what ever you can do in the playoffs too win, even banging up your opponent.

  28. Prince says:

    Why was David West so happy? He really smelled the 2-0 lead. They were up 4 with possession of the ball. A 3 would have increased the lead to 7 with about 5 minutes to go. A stop here and there; next thing you know, it’s a 13 point lead with 2 minutes to go in the ball game. He smelled blood.

  29. The Truth says:

    Wade is a dirty bird. Dirty!

  30. OKC says:

    say whatever u wanna say about that play that is undeniably a loose ball foul on wade that wasn’t called

  31. King says:

    i am a heat fan and hope for Paul George will return in Game 3 and Wade hit him accidentally no reason for suspension

  32. Balakanthan "BK' says:

    guys relax; There are few players who play the game for gamesake – Tim, Wade, James, Durant, Westbrook Bosh and many others – they definitely don’t include Kobe or Carmello. These will commit an intentional, to prove a point, in front of the refree and crowd and accept the fowl and clap their hands. Wade- NO WAY! you guys chose the wrong man.

  33. wade says:

    wade was clearly trying to tip the ball with his right foot towards cole and nicked george… the last thing he’s thinking about when he gets the ball almost stolen with the shot clock low is to hit george with the bottom of his calf while he’s falling after he got tripped up.

    Give me a break…

  34. MO says:

    The knee was definitely intentional,….but they probably won’t review it since they wan Miami to win and will fix it so they win game 7 in a dramatic manner………its all about money now a days.

    • MGM says:

      Hahahaha, yep and the wizard of Oz is secretly running the NBA. And frank Vogel is an alien. Look out your window, buddy, the pigs are flyin…

  35. NBA Fan says:

    Wade always take care of those players giving them problems. He took cared of Rondo’s arm before when they are having a hard time with Boston. Now doing the same thing with George.

    • Neutral observation says:

      Wade should have been at least called for a foul. He grabbed his arm first (foul) which sent George to the ground, then Wade tripped over him barreling his knee into the back of his skull. It’s funny how the league will call the touchiest of fouls yet miss the concussion causing ones.

      • TMac says:

        So you are saying when somebody trip’s over a person they should be able to control how they fall and what body part lands where?

      • TMac says:

        Trips*

      • MGM says:

        ya, and where was your nobility when lebron james took a straight elbow to the throat from Josh Mcroberts? no flagrant there? Did Lebron cry about that? doubt it. pretty sure that foul was intentional. Its pretty obvious that this one wasnt. Dwayne wade and the rest of the Miami heat have plenty of talent to take out the pacers without your conspiracy theories.

    • TMac says:

      PG was irrelevant that whole game, so what would be the point in taking him out? As good as PG can be, he wasn’t a factor on game 2. If they wanted to “take care of players that are giving them problems” than they went after the wrong person.

    • Dionte Christmas says:

      Real talk, I’m still mad about the Rondo thing. Dwyane “no back to backs” Wade dirtiest player in the game

  36. Enthralled says:

    ^pacer fans

  37. No Regrets says:

    Yup, DWade hits him intentionally and then pretends to have hurt himself. Difficult to get him suspended for that, even though he has injured opponents repeatedly in the past (Rondo, Kobe etc.).

  38. Dave says:

    I myself am a pacer fan, however, if you all take a close look at the video, Paul falls into Wade who trips over him. End of story. It was an accident. Lets pray Paul will be eligible for game 3

  39. JD Sherman says:

    Paul G under cut Wade can’t u see it! LOL

  40. Joe says:

    Jordan’s 1st championship: not including MJ, the rest of the team combined for 1 all star appearance and 1 olympic medal

    LeBron’s 1st championship: not including LBJ, the rest of the team combined for 15 all star appearances and 3 olympic medals

    The Bulls developed Pippen for four years before he came into All Star form, and added Rodman 3 rings later. The Heat just came out of nowhere to team up in unprecedented fashion to win a ring. And Wade’s a dirty player.

  41. cp10 says:

    Why was David West so happy?

  42. chuckids says:

    This is similar to what happened VS the Bobcats, where they deliberately injured their star player, Al Jefferson.

    • MGM says:

      you want to talk about intentional with the bobcats???? ARE YOU BLIND? did you miss the elbow that Lebron took to the throat from Josh Mcroberts? THAT was a dirty foul. THAT was intentional. and please enlighten us, how does one intentionally injure the arch of someone else’s foot? Go back and watch the video, wise guy, there wasnt even any contact!

  43. Bradley says:

    I hope this replay is heavily reviewed, because it looks like Dwayne Wade intentionally dropped himself across Paul George to ensure he couldn’t get up with the ball. To me, it is without much doubt at all that this is intentional and is deserving of a suspension.

    • John Doe says:

      You are an incompetent person. Wade tripped. End of story.

    • letsbereal says:

      Yep, Wade intentionally risked further injuring his bad knee in a calculated effort to cause George a concussion. You should be a detective.

      • The Truth says:

        No. He knew he was going down and made sure to make contact. C’mon dude. These guys have more control over their bodies than the average person. Otherwise, they’d be hurt every time they jump into the stands. Wade did try to avoid his head. He’s got a history of these types of plays. He’s dirty.

      • The Truth says:

        Did not try to avoid his head, I mean.

    • DontHateAppreciate says:

      Even if the knee was intentional there’s not enough evidence in the replay to say that it was an intentional knee. So they can’t suspend him lol.

  44. Txemapamundi says:

    Wade hit him on purpose. He did nothing to avoid the contact, he barely lifted his feet off the floor. And, I mean, the man can jump.

    • TMac says:

      When somebody suddenly dives/trips in front of you while hitting your legs in the process, you really believe you have time to jump over that person??

  45. pokie says:

    That’s dirty. Wade had no play to make there.

    • gametime says:

      Its funny how ppl see what they wanna see. Don’t you think is rather suspicious that DWest is utterly giddy laughing it up on the bench while PG is grimacing in pain… why you think he is so happy and applauding? He is delighted that DWade hurt his knee on that play…

      • The Truth says:

        Or he’s just saying “lets get it on!” …because he knows Wade does that type of stuff on purpose. He wasn’t exactly avoiding his head when he fell to the ground. That dude is not right.

    • cp10 says:

      lol, u mean just like how Kobe’s nose got broken and Rajon’s elbow got bent backwards?

    • TMac says:

      What? He was going after a loose ball and PG tripped and fell into Wade causing Wade to trip over PG and hitting PG in the head on accident. Nothing about that is dirty.