Paul George was diagnosed Wednesday with a concussion after taking a knee to the back of this head during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's game in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Pacers' medical staff said that immediately after the play, George displayed no symptoms of a concussion and when they asked him about symptoms, he denied dizziness, nausea or issues with his vision. He also remained active and aware of his surroundings so they allowed him to continue play.
After the game was over, though, he said that he "blacked out" when it happened.
"I mean, I blacked out and I was blurry," he told the media in a post-game locker room interview when WTHR's Jason Spells asked how he was feeling after the collision. "I was blurry then the whole game after. That's just what happened."
Based on that statement, the team conducted the NBA-mandated concussion assessment, which again did not reveal any active symptoms of concussion.
Because of the statement and Indiana’s ongoing evaluation and management of potential concussions, George underwent further testing and evaluation Wednesday morning. The team's consulting neurologist then diagnosed George with a concussion based on his post-game reporting that he had briefly lost consciousness during the game.
Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, Director of the NBA Concussion Program, has been in contact with the team 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.”
The NBA mandates any player with a concussion must go a full 24 hours without displaying any symptoms before being allowed to play again.
Game 3 against the Heat is set for 8:30 Saturday night in Miami.