Indiana Pacers starting point guard George Hill was forced to miss the Pacers Game 5 tilt against the New York Knicks due to a concussion that he suffered Tuesday. According to Pacers beat writer Scott Agness , we “likely won’t learn anything new” regarding Hill’s availability today, and Agness stated that the only thing the Pacers are making public is the fact that Hill is regarded as “day-to-day”. Although that doesn’t sound too bad, it isn’t good enough in the context of how hard it is for players to be cleared given the NBA’s strict concussion rules. There is a strong chance that Hill does not play Saturday against the Knicks, and it all depends on how quickly he gets through the concussion tests. Now, of course, those tests are there for a reason, so it definitely depends on the severity of the concussion. Even though he suffered the injury in Game 4, Hill looked excellent and most likely suffered a mild concussion.
With the lack of information coming from the Pacers, basically everything is left up to speculation at this juncture. The Knicks were able to cut the Pacers lead to 3-2 without Hill, who was the main reason why the Pacers were able to go up 3-1 in the series. Needless to say, the Knicks are in a very good position to take Game 6 if the Pacers will indeed be without their starting point guard.
Hill averaged 14 points per game, roughly five assists per game, and around four rebounds per game in the regular season for the Pacers. He had no symptoms on Tuesday but had headaches yesterday and failed a concussion test, so we’ll see how much progress the day-to-day PG makes until tomorrow’s home game against the Knicks.