LeBron James is happy to risk health to win NBA playoffs

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Speaking to reporters today, LeBron James admitted that he would have followed the example set by Paul George in Game Two of the Heat-Pacers playoff clash, and played on with concussion despite the obvious health risks:

"I know every last player in the Final Four would have played through it," James said.

"This is the conference finals, and obviously, a concussion is very serious. Our concussion test is not as extensive as the NFL. It doesn't happen as much. I think all of us would have played through it under the circumstances."

Paul George took a knee to the head from Dwyane Wade during the Pacers defeat to the Heat on Tuesday but continued to play after a time-out.

The 2014 All-Star later admitted to the press that he had briefly blacked out, and had blurred vision for the remainder of the game leading to the Pacers sending him for an official medical check Wednesday which confirmed he did indeed suffer a concussion.

The story has led many to question just why the Pacers medical staff did not recognize the severity of the clash at the time, but LeBron's comments today seem to suggest that it would be hard for game medics to confirm the concussion with players looking to cover it up in the heat of battle.

Concussion related injuries are a major concern at present throughout the sporting world, and while they are under more scrutiny in the NFL, they remain an obvious danger for anyone's long-term health.

A point George's teammate, Roy Hibbert, went on to make in the aftermath:

"You have to let the team know and the doctors know, the trainers know when you have symptoms.

"You have to think about your longevity as a human being before just the game," said Hibbert.

Clearly though LeBron James' desire to win outweighs his future health to a certain extent at least, a fact which may have helped the four-time MVP come away with two consecutive NBA titles.

Paul George meanwhile remains a doubt to be passed fit for the crucial Game Three which takes place on Saturday in Miami.

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