George Hill, Indiana’s point guard, missed Game 5 against the Knicks Thursday due to a concussion he suffered during the Pacers Game 4 victory. The consensus seems to be Hill was injured in the first quarter when he caught a Tyson Chandler elbow in the kisser. Hill went down, briefly, but popped back up. Note the time – 1st quarter. Hill would go on to play 37 minutes and have his best performance of the postseason: 9-of-14 shooting, 26 points. Less than 48 hours later, Hill sat in a dark room before his teammates boarded a bus to Madison Square Garden where they would lose, 85-75.
A couple of George Hill’s Pacers teammates told me pregame Hill (concussion) was sitting in a dark room – they want to win for him tonight
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 17, 2013
Yikes. Hill has already been listed as doubtful for Game 6 Saturday, which will be in Indiana, where the Pacers haven’t lost this postseason (and have won all five games by double figures). Man, talk about injuries impacting the postseason. The Clippers were 2-2 with Memphis and Blake Griffin hurt his knee. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder seemed like locks to reach the Finals until his knee injury, which cost them the series against Memphis. And now the Pacers, up 3-1, appear to be in deep, deep trouble without their starting point guard.
The Pacers had 19 turnovers and 12 assists in the Game 5 loss; DJ Augustin, Hill’s backup, had zero assists in 38 minutes.
The Knicks have a bit of momentum. The Pacers looked disoriented on offense Thursday. If Roy Hibbert gets in foul trouble again …
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