Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George was diagnosed with a concussion after he collided with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade in Tuesday's 87-83 Game 2 loss.
The Pacers' official website issued a press release to explain George's situation:
"Tuesday night, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George took a knee to the back of his head during the fourth quarter of the Eastern Conference Finals game against Miami. 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.
"He was also active and aware of his surroundings. As a result, the Indiana medical staff did not suspect a concussion.
"Following the game, George stated for the first time that he 'blacked out' on the play. As a result of this statement, the team conducted the NBA-mandated concussion assessment, which 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. He has been diagnosed by the team's consulting neurologist with a concussion, based on his post-game reporting that he had briefly lost consciousness during the game.
"He will begin the NBA-mandated protocol for return-to-participation after a diagnosed concussion.
"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 illustrates that concussion evaluation is an ongoing process and manifestations of the injury may not always present immediately.'"
The NBA's Official Concussion Policy states a concussed player cannot take the floor until he exhibits no further symptoms:
"Once a player is diagnosed with a concussion he is held out of all activity until he is symptom-free at rest and until he has no appreciable difference from his baseline neurological exam and his baseline score on the computerized cognitive assessment test.
"The concussed player may not return to participation until he is asymptomatic at rest and has successfully completed the NBA concussion return-to-participation exertion protocol.
"The return to participation protocol involves several steps of increasing exertion -- from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to non-contact team drills.
"With each step, a player must be symptom-free to move to the next step. If a player is not symptom-free after a step, he stops until he is symptom-free and begins again at the previous step of the protocol (i.e., the last step he passed without any symptoms)."
George had 14 points, five rebounds and six assists in the Pacers' 87-83 Game 2 loss to the Heat. His status for Game 3, which will be on May 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET in Miami, is still unknown.
The Eastern Conference Finals is currently tied at 1-1.