Paul George Injury Update: Pacers' star begins working through protocol to return for Game 3 against Heat

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George did not go through practice with the Pacers on Thursday but he was on the court, getting some work in and giving every indication he expects to be ready for Game 3.

Pacers forward Paul George was forced to sit out the bulk of practice on Thursday as he works through the NBA's return-to-participation protocol following the concussion he suffered at the knee and foot of Dwyane Wade in Game 2. PG did get some working in on the court but wore a non-contact, red jersey just in case Robert Mathis showed up and tried to sack him.

It appears this is the first step in the league's protocol which requires a player to pass through various levels of activity without any lingering symptoms before going on to the next step. PG's status remains uncertain pending the process, but something tells me, those symptoms will be a thing of the past by Saturday night when the Pacers take the court to play the Heat in Miami.

While PG didn't speak with the media following practice, he did make a statement before leaving the court, as Candace Buckner reports.

Check out the links:

Game 3: Heat might be too much to handle - USA Today

Heat vs Pacers Game 2: Why Indiana's Offense Folded Down The Stretch - YouTube

George has concussion, Stephenson fined for flop - 1070 The Fan

The NBA's concussion policy is worthless - SBNation.com

NBA fines Stephenson $5,000 for flopping - AP

Norris Cole meets the challenge for Miami Heat - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

Erik Spoelstra open to Miami Heat suggestions from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade - Sun Sentinel

Playoff Assist: Dwyane Wade's scoring is pacing the Heat - CBSSports.com

Paul George has a concussion: What do the Pacers do if he can’t play in Game 3? | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

Why LeBron may be tempted to go back to Cleveland. | SportsonEarth.com : Shaun Powell Article

Mark Cuban is complicated - SBNation.com

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