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.”
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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.
Scott Agness: George Hill is inactive. He will miss his third straight game due to back spasms.
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.
George Hill (back) is out for Game 5 per Tyronn Lue.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs George Hill is OUT tonight. Jose Calderon will be getting the start.
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.
Mark Montieth: George Hill is out for tonight
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
Joe Vardon: George Hill remains out tonight
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.
Jason Jones: De’Aaron Fox (quad) probable, George Hill (illness) out tonight at Philadelphia
Aaron Falk: I’m told George Hill will miss his third consecutive game tonight
Spencer Checketts: George Hill is inactive. Shelvin Mack will start.
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.
Anthony Slater: Shelvin Mack will start in place of injured George Hill for Jazz tonight.
Andy Larsen: George Hill will play “no more than 20” minutes tonight for the Jazz, Snyder says.
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.
David Locke: George Hill and Derrick Favors are listed as questionable. Shelvin Mack is out
Jody Genessy: No George Hill to night. Rest and sore big toe.
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
David Locke: George Hill is not playing tonight for the Utah Jazz
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.
Aaron Falk: Jazz point guard George Hill is out tonight
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.
Aaron Falk: George Hill is OUT tonight in Miami. Boris Diaw is QUESTIONABLE for tonight
Spencer Checketts: George Hill is out tonight vs. Charlotte.
David Locke: George Hill will not play for the Utah Jazz tonight v Philadelphia. George Hill sprained his thumb in the game v the Knicks. Got hit by Derrick Rose. Checked out of game and returned later. Shelvin Mack will get the start at the point guard for the Utah Jazz.
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JH: What does it mean to you when people say you are now “The best player in the East?” Giannis Antetokounmpo: There is going to be a lot of people out there that is going to say I am the best in the East and there is going to be some that says that I am not the best in the East, so my mindset is to keep working hard, focus on my game and to continue making my team better. We are trying to get as many wins as possible.
JH: With LeBron out of the East, has your mindset changed? What is your ultimate goal for next season? Giannis Antetokounmpo: The goal is still the same. Of course you have LeBron in the Western Conference. We still have great teams like Boston, Toronto, Philly, Indiana in the East. We just have to continue getting better every day as a team. We have a great team, we have a great coach, and hopefully we will have a great season and take another step forward this year.
JH: You are going to face an immense amount of pressure this season. You are already being a pegged as a favorite to win MVP. What have you been doing to improve your game this summer? Giannis Antetokounmpo: I’ve been working on a lot of shooting and a lot of post moves, been working on my handle and want to get better at finding the right people when I get double-teamed or sometimes triple-teamed. It is just about getting better as an overall basketball player.
To hear some insiders tell it, in Doncic, it is as if the Mavs have acquired a taller version of Jason Kidd, who led Dallas to a championship in 2011 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this month. “Luka has been playing in the gym with the guys every day and he’s looked great,” forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “He’s a big body guard, he can move, he can shoot, he’s got unbelievable passing skills. “He’s got passes through the legs and behind the back in scrimmages already, so I think we’re going to have a lot of fun watching him over the years grow even more. He’s fun to watch.”