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Pacers’ Paul George ‘blacked out’ after collision; NBA concussion policy questioned

(Michael Conroy / AP)

Paul George played through a concussion he suffered in a nasty collision that left him momentarily unconscious atop the NBA logo Tuesday night.

George collided with Dwyane Wade’s knee in the Indiana Pacers’ Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat in Indianapolis and continued to play despite having blurry vision — a series of events that is troubling. “I blacked out as soon as it happened and then … however much time was remaining, I was just blurry,” George said.

(Courtesy SB Nation)

The NBA, like the NFL and Major League Baseball, has a concussion protocol that states: “If a player is suspected of having a concussion, or exhibits the signs or symptoms of concussion, they will be removed from participation and undergo evaluation by the medical staff in a quiet, distraction-free environment conducive to conducting a neurological evaluation.”

George was out of the game only briefly — so much for the “distraction-free environment” and the Pacers said he was able to answer all the questions as the team followed the protocol. He had only pain in the “back of the head,” the Pacers said.

“The trainers will look at it and see what [the symptoms] are going to be from that,” George said after the game. “We’re just going to go day to day with it, I guess.”

The Pacers have some experience with this sort of thing. George Hill was the first player to miss playoff games under the league’s concussion protocol.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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