The extra layoff may have worked in the Indiana Pacers favor as they worked through the concussion saga of Paul George. George himself has claimed to be "symptom-free" for two days, and following his completion of the NBA's Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol, has been cleared to play by the league in Game 3 on Saturday night against the Miami Heat.
George suffered the concussion from a knee to the head by Dwyane Wade, claiming he had blacked out, putting him in question for Saturday's game when it determined he had a concussion. But in addition to George's claim, team doctors hadn't seen any concussion symptoms in the past three days. George will participate in shootaround on Saturday morning and will be expected to play barring an unforeseen issue with George's progress.
The Pacers are unfortunately no strangers to concussions, with George Hill missing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Knicks in 2013. Hill was back in action for Game 6 four days after suffering the concussion, scoring 12 points on 2-10 shooting as Indiana won the game at home.
With concussions being among the biggest concerns for athlete safety, it's fortuitous that George is hasn't shown any lingering symptoms that would not only sideline him from the game, but more importantly, be a long term threat to his personal well-being.