Kyle Neubeck: George Hill update: Sixers say Hill is out (right thumb surgery) but will resume on-court basketball activities in the coming days and the next update on his status will be provided “as appropriate”
Adam Spolane: Rockets have ruled out David Nwaba (ankle) from tonight’s game. George Hill (thumb) and Ty Jerome (ankle) are out for OKC
Joe Mussatto: Al Horford (personal reasons) and George Hill (right thumb sprain) have been upgraded to questionable for tonight. Ty Jerome (left ankle sprain) and Josh Hall (health and safety protocols) are still out. Devin Booker (left hamstring strain) is out for the Suns.
Justin Garcia: Coach Budenholzer says George Hill’s injury is one that will keep him out at least a few games
Matt Velazquez: Sterling Brown and George Hill have been cleared for the Bucks tonight and will play. Giannis Antetokounmpo is out in the court warming up and Bud says they will see how he handles that before making a final decision. The hope is he will be available.
Ira Winderman: After being sidelined, Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as probable for Friday's visit by the Heat, as are George Hill and Sterling Brown.
Matt Velazquez: Bucks guard George Hill is listed as probable for tomorrow’s game in Miami. He was one of a handful of players running 5-on-5 full court with coaches and staff after practice. He’s done that a few times this trip as he’s ramped up activity following a groin strain in late Feb.
Matt Velazquez: George Hill (left groin strain), Sterling Brown (right wrist soreness) and Christian Wood (G League assignment) are OUT for the Bucks. Everyone else is available with no limitations, Bud says.
Eric Nehm: Before the game, @Matt Velazquez asked Bud about George Hill and Sterling Brown. He said they are both progressing. On Hill: "With George, I do think there is a good chance we see him on this road trip. We'll see how the next couple days go."
Matt Velazquez: Bud indicated George Hill's groin injury is such that he'll miss at least a few games. Asked him if Bucks are considering a PG for their open roster spot. “I think we’re working hard on that as we speak. I think that’s certainly an area where maybe we could use ... some minutes.”
Chris Fedor: #Cavs George Hill makes his return. Will be on a minutes restriction. HC Larry Drew said he hasn’t determined starting PG yet.
Ryan Wolstat: Cavaliers will start Sexton still, regardless of whether George Hill starts as well. Want to develop Sexton off the ball as well.
George Hill played four-on-four with teammates and coaches, taking contact once again, prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers leaving for their two-game road trip Tuesday afternoon. He's "progressing," according to head coach Larry Drew. Hill could even make his return Wednesday night against Oklahoma City, a team source told cleveland.com.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs George Hill participated in contact drills earlier today. Remains OUT. But, obviously, getting closer.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Larry Drew doesn't believe George Hill has been cleared for contact yet. Said he doesn't know how close George is.
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade: George Hill is getting closer to a return from a sprained right shoulder, which has sidelined him since suffering the injury late in the game against Orlando on Nov. 5.
Hill is getting closer to a return from a sprained right shoulder, which has sidelined him since suffering the injury late in the game against Orlando on Nov. 5. But his old starting point guard spot may be gone when he gets back, pried away by the rising youngster who has started to blossom since stepping into the lead role.
"Some guys are just like that. They develop a rhythm to playing. There are just guys who feel more comfortable starting than coming off the bench," head coach Larry Drew said following Friday's practice. "I think everybody wants to start, but everybody's production as a starter is not very good. As a coach, what I try to do, I try to look at what a guy does as a starter versus what he does off the bench. Certainly with G Hill out, Collin has definitely stepped up to the plate and made his presence felt and has made a major impact to what we've been doing."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Another tough blow for 1-10 Cleveland: Point guard George Hill will miss two weeks with a sprained right shoulder, league sources tell ESPN. First-round pick Collin Sexton will continue to get the opportunity to start.
Joe Vardon: Repost to fix hilarious typo: Source tells me George Hill will probably miss two weeks from shoulder sprain — h/t @Adrian Wojnarowski . The Cavs have an open roster spot and will need someone to back up rookie Collin Sexton at the point. Jordan Clarkson can do it but he’s their top scorer
With a true point guard, the Cavaliers finally had a go-to offensive set to counter the Pacers' smart halftime adjustments that had a big role in how out of sync the Cavs looked coming out of the locker room. The Cavs repeatedly called for the lethal 1-3 pick and roll that was a staple of their Finals runs the last three years. "G-Hill not playing in the first half coming in the third quarter and giving us that spark at the point guard position with him and LeBron running the 13 action, it was huge for us," Thompson said. "He was able to make shots, get to the lane and put pressure on (Bojan) Bogdanovic to either pick or choose."
Tyronn Lue is "optimistic" about Hill's chances of playing. "Moved around good today, played 5-on-5 with some of the guys and felt decent so just have to see how his back reacts after that," Lue said. "Moved around pretty good so we will see."
Dave McMenamin: The Cavs say that George Hill remains questionable for Game 7. He has missed the last three games with back spasms stemming from a pick by Trevor Booker.
Dave McMenamin: George Hill (back spasms) is out for Game 6. ESPN has learned that Hill received another anti-inflammatory injection in his buttocks prior to his pregame workout, but the team decided to hold him out. Jose Calderon will start again at point guard.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs G George Hill said he tried everything, including getting 4 shots in his back, to play in Game 4. Can hardly sleep, has been little improvement with treatment. All stems from Trevor Booker screen in Game 1.
Shams Charania: Sources: MRI on Cavaliers guard George Hill's back revealed nothing major. Hill is expected to receive treatment for back spasms and listed as questionable for Game 4 on Sunday.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs coach Tyronn Lue may cut down 10-man rotation, although injuries could play a part. Lue said George Hill (back) needed a lot of treatment today
Jordan Zirm: George Hill said his ankle was feeling “a lot better” as he walked out of the locker room. Ty Lue was dapping players up in the locker room postgame too. Cavs are close to being whole
Dave McMenamin: The Cavs say that George Hill's left ankle injury will keep him out the rest of the game. He will be re-evaluated Saturday morning.
Anthony Slater: George Hill status for Game 4 remains up in the air about two hours to tip, Quin Snyder said.
Andy Larsen: George Hill's status remains unchanged for Game 4. In other words, they'll see how he's feeling tomorrow.
The Utah Jazz will be shorthanded against the Golden State Warriors yet again. Point guard George Hill went through pregame warmups and drills, but he will not play because of ongoing issues with his left big toe.
Mack, who played sparingly in the first round win over the Clippers, will be the Jazz's starter again as the team tries to bounce back at Vivint Arena after losing the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals in Oakland. "I’m feeling good with the situation I’m at," Mack said.
Chris Haynes: Utah Jazz point guard George Hill will miss his second consecutive game tonight against the Golden State Warriors with left toe soreness.
Marc J. Spears: Jazz say guard George Hill (left big toe sprain/soreness) is questionable for Game 3 versus Warriors.
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood, and Raul Neto are all OUT for the Jazz against GSW. George Hill and Gordon Hayward are questionable.
The Jazz get big man Derrick Favors back in action tonight for the first time in a month, but starting point guard George Hill won't play agaisnt the Wolves in Salt Lake City.
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors, George Hill, and Raul Neto are all still out for the Jazz against the Spurs on ABC tomorrow. Otherwise, clean injury report.
Chris Miller: Both Derrick Favors (Knee) and George Hill (groin) ruled out Friday vs. @Washington Wizards #DCFamily #WizJazz
Jody Genessy: The Jazz will be without Derrick Favors, George Hill and Raul Neto tonight. Gordon Hayward participated in shootaround but is questionable.
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG George Hill (toe) plans to play vs. the Thunder. Derrick Favors (knee) is out.
The injury report still lists him as being out, but there is a chance Jazz point guard George Hill could suit up tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I think he's progressing," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "Concussions are a tricky thing. You're more able to discern other injuries, as opposed to concussions. But hopefully if he's not able to play, he's getting really close."
Aaron Falk: Being told that barring a significant change in the coming hours, George Hill will NOT be available tonight in Boston
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG George Hill is out Monday vs. Nets due to concussion-like symptoms and a lip laceration. SG Alec Burks is questionable to make his season debut coming off ankle surgery.
Utah Jazz point guard George Hill went to the locker room with 0.6 seconds left in the first quarter Saturday night after being elbowed in the face by Phoenix Suns center Alex Len. Hill received stitches for a lower lip laceration and underwent concussion testing. He did not return for the second half of the Jazz's 91-86 win in Salt Lake City. There is no timetable for Hill's return. He exhibited concussion-like symptoms and now will go through league-mandated concussion protocol before he's cleared to play.
Tim MacMahon: George Hill could return as soon as Thursday against the 76ers, according to a league source, confirming a Salt Lake Tribune report. Hill's availability will be determined based on how he feels after a Wednesday workout. He has missed the last 13 games due to a sprained left big toe. The Jazz are 8-3 with Hill, who missed eight games in November due to a sprained right thumb.
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG George Hill (toe) will miss his sixth straight game Wednesday against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
Tim MacMahon: Utah PG George Hill (sprained right thumb) will miss his eighth straight game tonight against the Nuggets. The Jazz are 3-4 without Hill, who was off to a spectacular start before the injury.
Tim MacMahon: The Jazz won't have their starting backcourt tonight against the Grizzlies. Rodney Hood (illness) joins George Hill (thumb) on the inactive list. PF Derrick Favors (knee) is a game-time decision. PF/C Boris Diaw is returning after an extended absence due to a leg contusion.
September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”