As expected, Indiana Pacers star point guard George Hill is a game-time decision for today’s game against the New York Knicks, and the Pacers will be crossing their fingers for the return of the 27-year-old PG. Hill was huge in the Pacers Game 4 victory, but that was when he suffered his concussion. Despite the injury, Hill played a great game and was lauded by Pacers coach Frank Vogel for his performance. However, Hill started having headaches after the game and missed Game 5. The Knicks took full advantage of Hill’s absence and won, so Hill’s injury is clearly a big one for the Pacers and one to watch for closely before the game.
Nate Taylor of the New York Times tweeted that the Pacers view him as a game-time decision, and he also added that Hill will have to “go through a number of tests today”, as per the NBA’s new concussion protocol. That’s the main reason why Hill’s status is so uncertain, and he reportedly failed a concussion test earlier this week.
Hill should be feeling better now, but his status for today’s Game 6 is certainly cloudy. The Pacers really need the 14/5/4 (rounded season averages) point guard to play today, because the Pacers were quite visibly worse without him. If Hill is still unable today, then D.J. Augustin will get the start at the one, but let’s hope that Hill is better and can pass through the concussion tests. Well, unless if you are a Knicks fan.