Indiana'a Paul George is on track to play in Game 3 against the Heat on Saturday. The Pacers forward was cleared to return to normal basketball activity following the concussion he suffered in Game 2. George will participate in the team shootaround Saturday afternoon and will play against Miami barring any unforeseen complications, according to the Pacers.
George suffered the concussion during the fourth quarter on Tuesday when he took a knee to the head from Dwyane Wade while the two were scrambling for a loose ball. George was briefly evaluated by the medical staff on the bench and returned to the game. It wasn't until after the game he admitted that he had blacked out following the play and was suffering from blurry vision. He did not show symptoms of a concussion after the game, but was re-evaluated on Wednesday and diagnosed with a concussion.
With the diagnosis, George was forced to go through the NBA's Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol. The procedure is mandated under the NBA Concussion Policy. According to the team, George remained symptom free following each step in the process. After consulting Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the head of the NBA's concussion program, the Indiana medical staff cleared George to return to normal basketball activity.
Indiana and Miami are tied 1-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. George struggled in Game 2 but is still leading the Pacers, averaging 21.5 points per game in the playoffs. He's also leading the team in rebounding during the postseason with 8.1 boards per game, and is third in assists at 4.1 per game.