Pacers’ star Paul George still not cleared to play

In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014, photo, Indiana Pacers guard Paul George, bottom, lies on the floor after being struck in the head by the knee of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, top, during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Indianapolis. George has a concussion, and it's unclear when he will return to practice or whether he will play Saturday night against Miami. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014, photo, Indiana Pacers guard Paul George, bottom, lies on the floor after being struck in the head by the knee of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, top, during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Indianapolis. George has a concussion, and it's unclear when he will return to practice or whether he will play Saturday night against Miami. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pacers star Paul George has not yet been cleared to play after being diagnosed with a concussion.

George said Friday at practice that he feels like he is 100 percent after he was injured Tuesday during the Game 2 loss to Miami that evened the Eastern Conference finals at 1-1. But he and coach Frank Vogel say George still must complete the NBA’s concussion protocol before he can play Saturday night at Miami in Game 3.

The NBA’s concussion policy states that once a player is diagnosed, he needs to be “held out of all activity until he is symptom-free at rest” and until neurological signs return to normal. George will have to go through tests of increasing exertion before being cleared.

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