May 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) gets hit in the head by Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade (3) during a scramble for a loose ball in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miami defeats Indiana 87-83. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George Passes Protocol, Will Likely Play Game 3

Paul George has passed all concussion protocol tests and, “barring any unforeseen complications,” will play Game 3.

From Pacers.com

Under the care of the Indiana Pacers’ medical staff, Paul George has spent the past three days engaged in the NBA’s Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol as part of the NBA’s Concussion Policy. George remained symptom free after each step of the process. The Pacers staff consulted with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the NBA’s Director of Concussion Management, throughout George’s progress through the protocol and today cleared him to return to normal basketball activity. George will participate in tomorrow’s shootaround and barring any unforeseen complications, he will play in Saturday’s game at the Miami Heat.

Obviously, safety is paramount.

The Pacers’ staff and Paul George have acted cautiously since the aftermath of Game 2 when George first acknowledged he blacked out on the court. The news should be a boon to the Pacers’ hopes for Game 3 as they look to reclaim the homecourt advantage for which they fought so hard all season.

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