Despite regretting that he even brought up his “concussion-like” symptoms to the public, Paul George has been cleared by doctors and has passed the NBA’s concussion protocol. In other words, he is ready to suit up for his Indiana Pacers in anticipation to tonight’s huge Game 3 in South Beach.
“Yeah, but I probably should have kept that to myself,” George said following Friday’s practice. “It just made a mess. That’s something that, going forward, just keep that between myself and the training staff.”
After Friday’s practice, George sounded like a guy who’d been over the concussion for a few days now. He also sounded like it’s a thing of the past, if that. He left little doubt that he’d be ready for Game 3, even though he hasn’t practiced all week.
“(I’ve been symptom free) About two days now. I mean, right after it happened, I was kind of just hitting the last stages of it, but we had to go through the whole protocol to make sure I was good.”
Now that he’s ready to go, the only question the Pacers need to ask themselves is which Paul George will show up for Game 3? Will it be the Paul George that scored 24 points on 54 percent shooting that we saw in Game 1, or will it be the Paul George that was limited to 14 points on 25 percent shooting in Game 2?
I think once we answer that question, we’ll also be able to answer who’ll win Game 3 — and quite possibly, the series.
The Game 3 winner of a tied best-of-7 series goes on to win the series 76.1 percent of the time #INDvsMIA
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