Concussions in the spotlight

Answering pertinent concussion questions in the NBA

Updated: May 23, 2014, 4:36 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

PacersRon Hoskins/NBAE/Getty ImagesPaul George's concussion in the fourth quarter of Game 2 has raised many questions.

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).