INDIANAPOLIS: Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been diagnosed with a concussion after taking a knee to the head in an NBA playoff loss to Miami on Tuesday.
The Pacers said on Wednesday that George will be evaluated according to the NBA’s concussion policy to determine when he can return to action.
Paul was cleared by team doctors to continue to play on Tuesday night after he collided with Heat star Dwyane Wade going for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of Miami’s 87-83 triumph.
However, after George told reporters after the game that he briefly “blacked out,” the Pacers were at pains to say they were taking the head injury seriously.
“Immediately after the play, George exhibited no symptoms of a concussion and, in response to questions from the Pacers’ medical staff, he denied dizziness, nausea, and issues with his vision,” the team said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
“He was also active and aware of his surroundings. As a result, the Indiana medical staff did not suspect a concussion.”
After further testing on Wednesday, however, the team’s consulting neurologist diagnosed a concussion.
The team said George will now go through the league’s mandated protocol for returning to play, which involves several steps of increasing exertion without a return of symptoms before he is cleared to play.
The Pacers are tied with the two-time defending NBA champion Heat at one game apiece in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, which continue on Saturday in Miami.
The winner of the series will face the Western Conference champion in the NBA finals.