Now that the Pacers have staved off elimination to force a Game 7, the big question is whether or not Paul George will be able to play.

During the first half of last night's season-saving 95-88 Game 6 win, George took a step off the bench while teammate George Hill was scuffling with Atlanta's Mike Scott (h/t @SBNation on Twitter):

As you can see, George (in gold shoes) takes about two steps and doesn't quite get to the three-point line, whereas Rasual Butler goes beyond it.  

The NBA rule creates a very large grey area:

"During an altercation, all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench."

Taking two steps still feels like "immediate vicinity" to me.  However, Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks that may be good enough for a suspension.  If you look back in history, the NBA was especially harsh on the 1997 Knicks and 2007 Suns, but Washington's Marcin Gortat wasn't suspended after somewhat leaving the bench during the Nene-Butler altercation last week in the Bulls-Wizards series.

If you're looking for reasons to be optimistic, Stu Jackson - former NBA VP and rules guru - doesn't think PG will be sidelined:

Game 7, with or without Paul George, is tomorrow at 5:30.