Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday after taking a knee to the back of his head during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The injury occurred with 6:50 to play in the fourth quarter. George dove to strip the ball from Heat guard Dwyane Wade. Just as George dove for the ball, Wade's knee came crashing into the back of his head as Wade stumbled to the floor.
The team's medical staff did not initially suspect a concussion because George immediately denied all symptoms of dizziness, nausea, and issues with vision. It was not until after the game that George stated that he blacked out on the play.
After further testing and evaluation on Wednesday morning, the team's consulting neurologist confirmed that George suffered a concussion. The star forward will begin the NBA-mandated protocol for his return to play.
Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, director of the NBA Concussion Program, contacted the Pacers' medical staff and stated, "The Indiana Pacers medical team followed the NBA concussion protocol and there was no indication of concussion during the game. This case illustrates that concussion evaluation is an ongoing process and manifestations of the injury may not always present immediately."
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals is set for Saturday in Miami.