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MIAMI -- The long break between games in the Eastern Conference finals could be welcomed by Indiana, after Pacers guard Paul George was diagnosed Wednesday with a concussion that will force him to complete several NBA-mandated procedures before he can return to the matchup against the Miami Heat. Thiago Silva Brazil Jersey . The series, now tied at a game apiece, doesnt resume until Saturday night. And what at first might have been looked at as an awkward break -- three full days off until the next game day -- is probably now welcomed by the Pacers. Indiana not only needs to get George cleared but also had starters Lance Stephenson, Roy Hibbert and David West all either limping or ailing in the final minutes of the Game 2 loss on Tuesday night. George was hurt with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter of Miamis Game 2 victory. He stole the ball from Heat guard Dwyane Wade, but could not keep control and wound up tumbling face-first to the court. Wade, also going for the ball, struck the back of Georges head with his left knee, then appeared to scrape the same area with his right leg as he also fell to the hardwood. George remained down for a few moments, but played the remainder of the game. He revealed afterward that he "blacked out" on the play, something that the Pacers say was not relayed to their medical staff. "George exhibited no symptoms of a concussion and, in response to questions from the Pacers medical staff, he denied dizziness, nausea, and issues with his vision," the Pacers said Wednesday. "He was also active and aware of his surroundings. As a result, the Indiana medical staff did not suspect a concussion." But after the "blacked out" comment, the Pacers evaluated George again Wednesday morning. "This case illustrates that concussion evaluation is an ongoing process and manifestations of the injury may not always present immediately," said NBA Concussion Program Director Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, who will discuss Georges return-to-participation process with the Pacers team doctor before clearance is given for a return. Miami evened the series with an 87-83 win, after LeBron James and Wade controlled the fourth quarter for the Heat. George made a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 73-69 lead on the possession immediately preceding the one where he got tangled with Wade. The Heat answered with a 13-2 run over the next 5 minutes, James scoring nine of those points and Wade getting the other four. Just like that, the Heat grabbed the home-court edge in the series. "Theyre a tough bunch," Heat forward Chris Bosh said of the Pacers. "Very good team and were going to continue to challenge each other throughout the series. Its just now getting started. We have to take care of home court. First, we can really relax for a few days, and then get to it on Saturday." Both teams were off on Wednesday. "I just know Ive got warriors behind me, and were just going to take it to them," Stephenson said. "Weve just got to take our time. Its a long series. Weve just got to stay together." The NBAs 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 he gets cleared. "Its important to note that there is no timeframe to complete the protocol," the NBAs policy states. "Each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case." Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he was told during the game that George was "good to go." There were plenty of other aches and pains for Indiana to deal with. West appeared to get poked in an eye in the fourth quarter, Hibbert was flexing his left leg after a tumble in the final seconds, and Stephenson went down at midcourt after colliding with Wade on the games final play, grabbing the area around his right knee. Stephenson got up, took the games last shot and then limped off without needing any on-court medical attention. "Its never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference," James said. Roberto Firmino Jersey . -- Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool. Douglas Costa Brazil Jersey .com) - The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings are ready to put all the talk and hype surrounding their meeting at Dodger Stadium behind them. MIAMI -- After giving up their early lead, the Miami Marlins took advantage of the New York Mets miscues late. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 34th home run and the Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Mets 9-6 on Monday. "It was back and forth, a few different lead changes there, we kept pushing and that was the biggest key to finish it off," Stanton said. Miami capitalized on some wildness by Mets reliever Jeurys Familia (2-4) in the eighth. Familia had two throwing errors and a wild pitch, leading to the three tiebreaking runs as the Marlins who snapped a five-game losing streak to the Mets. "I just had a bad day," Familia said. "I felt the same way I do every time out, I just had a bad day." Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had doubled to open the inning, scored on Familias wild pitch two batters later, giving the Marlins a 7-6 lead. Adeiny Hechavarria later scored on a fielders choice with the bases loaded and Christian Yelich came in on a walk to Casey McGehee. Marcell Ozuna and McGehee finished with two RBIs each for the Marlins, who used five relievers after starter Henderson Alvarez left in the third inning with a left oblique strain. A.J. Ramos (6-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances. Dilson Herrera, a 20-year old second baseman who is the youngest player in the Majors and the only one to jump from Single-A to the big leagues, hit his first career home run and first career triple while driving in three runs for the Mets. David Wright had two RBIs for New York. The score was tied at 6-6 going into the eighth before the Mets committed three of their season-high six errors and walked three batters. "It wasnt a big-league baseball game, I can tell you that," Mets manager Terry Collins said. Alvarez battled through the injury in the first two innings, retiring the first six batters he faced before he was pulled in a rough third inning. Alvarez allowed a home run to Herrera to start the third and a base hit by Wright, which cleared the bases after Ozunas wild throow home from centre field ended up in the stands to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. Brazil Jerseys. "I was frustrated, I was mad, I wanted to keep pitching," Alvarez said. "I went out there with the pain and I was able to go through it, but sometimes youve got to give in to it. It was frustrating and a terrible feeling." Marlins manager Mike Redmond and a trainer came out to talk to Alvarez, who eventually slammed the ball into Redmonds hand when he left the mound. "You kidding me? All the foul tips Ive taken in my life, that was nothing," Redmond said. "It felt like a feather." The Mets led 6-5 in sixth after Herreras two-run triple, but the Marlins tied it in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Yelich. Mets starter Zack Wheeler, who came into the game with a 6-1 record and 2.17 ERA over his last 11 starts, lasted just 4 2-3 innings while throwing 114 pitches. He struck out eight and allowed five hits and five runs -- two earned. "I felt terrible all day, honestly," Wheeler said. "My breaking ball was up in the zone -- nothing was really working for me." TRAINERS ROOM Marlins: Alvarez began feeling pain in his oblique during his last start on Aug. 27 at the Los Angeles Angels. He is listed as day-to-day and plans on returning to the mound this season. "The plan is to keep doing my work, keep doing my training, get healthy, and finish the year off healthy and finish the year off strong," Alvarez said. ... RHP Bryan Morris (hip) plans to be available in the bullpen on Tuesday. UP NEXT Marlins RHP Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) will get the start against Mets LHP Jon Niese (7-10, 3.48) on Tuesday. Niese is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three career starts at Marlins Park. Penny is 5-13 with a 6.25 ERA in his career against the Mets. STANTON STRIKES EARLY Stanton is tied with Torontos Jose Bautista for the most first-inning home runs in the majors this season with 12. 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