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Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Scott Agness: How tired were key Pacers players late? Mahinmi: “They were really tired. At one point, Roy and George [Hill] were close to exhaustion.”
“I feel like we’re giving the season away, one game at a time,” said George Hill, who led Indiana with 28 points. “We’ve got to forget about it now, focus on tomorrow, bring it tomorrow and try to get a win tomorrow. You’ve just got to bring it more, and take away the loss and how bad it feels.”
And, now, simply by staying alive, they’re starting to see some of the breaks, as well as sprains and strains, even out, as Friday marked the fifth straight game the Pacers played a team missing its top scorer. The Cavaliers were missing their top two—LeBron James and Kyrie Irving—and dropped to 2-9 without James this season. “We still think in this locker room that we need to be in the playoffs, and we’re still one of the top teams in the East,” said Hill, who posted his first career triple-double Friday. “Even though our record doesn’t speak for it, with all the injuries.”
It is not clear whether Indiana is willing to part with Hill in a trade that would feature Lawson, but the Pacers’ front office, led by Larry Bird, was high on Lawson when he entered the 2009 draft out of North Carolina. The Pacers considered taking Lawson with the 13th pick but instead chose his college teammate Tyler Hansbrough.
Sources say the club’s desperation is illustrated by its willingness to move Lawson, its leader in scoring (16.9 points per game), assists (10.1) and steals (1.3). Despite Lawson’s production, he and Shaw have had trouble getting on the same page, and sources say Shaw would prefer to trade him for Hill because Hill can play at both a fast and slow tempo and is a strong defender. While an assistant coach in Indiana from 2011 to ’13, Shaw mentored Hill and grew close to him. “Brian loves George,” said a league executive who is close to Shaw.
The Indiana Pacers are looking to move one of their high-priced veterans, league sources say, in order to create salary-cap room to pursue Dragic, should he be available this summer. Power forward David West and point guard George Hill have been mentioned as available, and although center Roy Hibbert has not, the Pacers’ interest in Dragic is believed to be strong enough that they’d move anyone other than Paul George to create the necessary cap space to get him.
Candace Buckner: G. Hill (groin) will miss his 7th straight gm. The last time he had an injury (contusion) it turned n2 something greater (quad tear) but Vogel says there is no other prognosis for G. Hill’s current injury besides it just being a sore groin. Vogel: “Hopefully, he’s close. I don’t think it’s going to be anything near the duration of the last injury.” George Hill has only played in five games this season; averaging 14.2 ppg, 2.4 apg, 4.0 rpg. C.J. Watson starts again in his place.
Scott Agness: #Pacers George Hill will not play tomorrow vs Minnesota. “We’ll see after that,” coach Frank Vogel said.
Vogel quickly cleared up the matter, saying that Hill would in fact play on Tuesday, coming off the bench in limited minutes. Whether Hill was just playing a little practical joke on the media or legitimately didn’t have definitive word from the coaching staff on his status is unclear. He’d already gone back into the locker room by this time.
Greg Rappaport: According to coach Vogel, George Hill will not play in Wednesday’s game. Still working on conditioning.
That’s why Bill Smith, the former Broad Ripple coach who died at age 72 on Nov. 30, qualifies as one of the great ones. Forget all those winning records throughout his 23 seasons there. Forget, even, the state championship in 1980, when the Rockets pulled off the rare feat of an IPS school winning the title in the single-class system and he became the first black coach to lead an integrated team all the way. He should be remembered the way George Hill and Mike Woodson remember him. They were the greatest of his players, career bookends who went on to have successful NBA careers. Woodson played for Smith early in his coaching career, Hill at the very end of it. They don’t remember him as a coach. He was much more than that to them. “He kind of made me who I am today,” Hill said. “He gave me the fire, he gave me the strength to believe in myself.” Said Woodson: “He came into my life at a certain time when I really needed somebody.”
What the hell has happened to this franchise? “It’s kind of surreal,” Hill said last week. “I’m a big believer in things happen for a reason. And with Paul going down, and losing Lance, and then to start the season without D West and myself, and the injury to Stuckey, and the injury to C.J. Watson, I mean, I think it’s a great opportunity for the other guys, to really showcase what they can do. “And to show Coach that we’re a deeper team, that we have a lot more guys than we normally do. At this point, I’m just wishing that everything was a dream, that we could wake up and start all over, and start the season fresh.”
With the Pacers in town for Thursday’s preseason finale, Stephenson had dinner in Charlotte with Roy Hibbert, George Hill, and Ian Mahinmi. Also present were Pacers rookie Shayne Whittington and Director of Player Relations Heather Denton. Both Hill and Hibbert shared a picture with Stephenson on social media. Hill wrote “GOOD TO SEE HIM TONIGHT.. ALWAYS GREAT LAUGHS WHEN HES AROUND… #MISSMYBRO,” while Hibbert said he was “Glad for him n his fam in Char.”
Ketner kept ties to Indianapolis and on Saturday, point guard George Hill recalled his connection with the family. Ketner’s son plays in Hill’s Rising Stars AAU program, and Hill said that he had seen Ketner last year at the gym before his fight with cancer became too arduous. Also on Friday, Hill, who was unaware of Ketner’s death before the Pacers played the Orlando Magic, did his part to assist a basketball fan fighting cancer.