George Hill (concussion) will be a game-time decision Saturday night against the Knicks.
Hill was going through the on-court exertion part of the league's concussion protocol Saturday afternoon. He'll have to pass all levels of the test before being cleared to return to game action. The Pacers clearly missed in Thursday's Game 5 loss to the Knicks and a return could help Indiana close out the series at home. If Hill isn't cleared, D.J. Augustin will start and be in line for major minutes.
George Hill remains day-to-day with a concussion.
Hill missed Thursday's Game 5 after suffering the injury Tuesday night. The Pacers said Hill showed no symptoms after Tuesday's game but admitted to headaches on Thursday and then proceeded to fail a concussion test. Hill will have to pass several levels of concussion testing as part of the league's protocol before he can return. The Pacers lead the series 3-2 and will host Game 6 on Saturday night.
Paul George scored a team-high 23 points with six boards, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-18 shooting in 43 minutes during Thursday's Game 5 loss.
His shot hasn't been falling at in this series, making just 36.1 percent of his shot attempts. George's saving grace in this series has been his terrific defense, but with the way the Pacers couldn't get anything going offensively, it wasn't enough. What's more, George has turned the ball over a whopping 5.0 times per game in this series, which was really another ugly point about the Pacers on Thursday. He and the Pacers will look to close out the Knicks at home on Saturday.
David West logged a double-double in Thursday's 85-75 loss to the Knicks with 17 points and 10 boards, while adding two assists and three steals in 39 minutes.
He was hobbling a bit in the first quarter with an apparent foot injury, but it didn't seem to be an issue as the game progressed. West shot 7-of-17 and struggled with his jumper, making just one of his six attempts outside of seven feet. He wasn't the only one that was off as Roy Hibbert was also sub-par with nine points, seven boards, one assist and two blocks in 31 minutes.
D.J. Augustin started at point guard on Thursday in a loss to the Knicks and had 12 points, two boards, two steals, three 3-pointers and two turnovers in 39 minutes.
He didn't do too much ball handling and perhaps he should have. Augustin didn't have a single assist while his teammates had just 12 assists to go with their 19 turnovers. George Hill missed the game with a concussion and given the stringent concussion protocol in the NBA, there's a chance he could miss Saturday's game in Indiana.
D.J. Augustin will start at point guard for the injured George Hill (concussion) in Thursday's Game 5.
This is a huge opportunity for Augustin. His contract ends after this season and he could make a nice chunk of change with a big game at Madison Square Garden. Augustin is having a solid postseason to this point, shooting 38 percent from downtown for 1.3 triples in just 16.2 minutes per game. If the Knicks don't cover him on the wing on kick-out 3-pointers, they could be heading home for good. Lance Stephenson, a point guard at Cincinnati, should also get more ball-handling opportunities.
George Hill will miss Thursday's Game 5 vs. the Knicks with a concussion.
Hill apparently suffered the injury during Tuesday's game, which is pretty amazing considering Pacers coach Frank Vogel called Hill's Game 4 performance "spectacular." The timing and the specific injury couldn't be worse for Indiana and Hill for a couple reasons. First, the NBA's post-concussion protocol is very strict and it's unlikely Hill will be able to pass it in time for Game 6, if there is one. Secondly, Hill is a very big part of the Pacers' gameplan and his absence could be just the break the Knicks need to stave off elimination. D.J. Augustin will likely start in Hill's place.