Concussions in the spotlight
Answering pertinent concussion questions in the NBA
Concussions usually aren't seen as an NBA problem. As Rotowire's Jeff Stotts wrote on FiveThirtyEight.com on Wednesday, just nine NBA players had experienced concussions all season before Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered one in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Suddenly, with George's status for Game 3 of the series with the Miami Heat and beyond in question, concussions have been thrust into the spotlight. With Stotts' help, I researched the numbers behind concussions in the NBA to shed light on what lies ahead for George and the Pacers.
How long do concussions typically sideline NBA players?
Because each individual and each concussion is unique, there's a wide range of recovery times before players who suffer concussions are cleared to return to action (sometimes practice, usually a game).
To read more about the history, frequency and impact of concussions in the NBA, you must be an ESPN Insider.
MORE NBA HEADLINES
- Pistons lose Jennings (Achilles) for the year
- Sources: Mavs confident they'll sign O'Neal
- Hawks win 16th straight, extend team record
- LeBron, Cavs top Thunder for 6th straight win