INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 21, 2014)—Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was diagnosed with a concussion after taking a knee to the back of his head during last night’s Eastern Conference Finals game against the Miami Heat.
In the fourth quarter, George and Heat’s Dwayne Wade scrambled after a loose ball. Both players hit the floor after Wade’s knee hit George in the head. Team officials said George showed no symptoms of a concussion and continued to finish the game.
Following the game, George told reporters he “blacked out” on the play. Due to his statement, the team conducted the NBA-mandated concussion assessment, which did not reveal any active symptoms of a concussion.
Wednesday, George was evaluated again and diagnosed by the team’s consulting neurologist with a concussion. He will begin the NBA-mandated protocol for return-to-participation after a diagnosed concussion.
“The Indiana Pacers medical team followed the NBA concussion protocol and there was no indication of concussion during the game,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, director of the NBA Concussion Program. “This case illustrates that concussion evaluation is an ongoing process and manifestations of the injury may not always present immediately.”
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