George Hill G IND 12 Days

Pacers president Larry Bird reiterated that he'd like to acquire a point guard who can "break down the defenses."

"We're always looking," said Bird. "A great point guard is hard to get. We're happy with George Hill, and C.J. [Watson] has done a great job for us." Indiana has reportedly inquired about Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo, but that seems like due diligence and nothing has come of their interest. At the moment, the Pacers' primary focus is retaining free agent SG Lance Stephenson.

George Hill G IND 2 Months

Pacers president Larry Bird praised George Hill's defense but said he wants his team's starting PG to be "more active on offense."

In his fifth NBA season, Hill's scoring dipped to 10.3 points on a mere 8.1 shot attempts per game. He chipped in 3.5 assists, down from 4.7 last season, and frequently deferred playmaking duties to Paul George and Lance Stephenson. The Pacers ranked 22nd in Offensive Efficiency last season, before losing to Miami in the Eastern Conference finals, so it's a given that Bird and company will search out ways to improve.

George Hill G IND 3 Months

The NBA will review the Game 6 altercation between George Hill and Mike Scott.

During the second quarter, Hill pushed Scott out of bounds while trying to box him out. Scott came back at him and the two went chin-to-chin, shoving each other up high. We doubt there will be any punishments handed down from that, but replays did show Paul George taking two steps from his the bench onto the court. By the true letter of the law, he's subject to suspension. That said, it would be an incredibly weak move by the NBA to ban George from a Game 7. He did not get involved in the scuffle.

George Hill G IND 3 Months

George Hill (hip) missed practice on Wednesday due to a hip pointer.

Coach Frank Vogel said Hill was kneed by Jeff Teague in Game 5 on Monday, but added he will be ready to go for Game 6 on Thursday. Hill played a much better game on Monday and was going to the basket, but the Pacers just didn't enough from their other guys. He has played at least 36 minutes in each of the last three games and should be in that neighborhood again.

George Hill G IND 3 Months

Head coach Frank Vogel said on Wednesday that he will continue to play George Hill and C.J. Watson together.

With the way C.J. Watson has performed this postseason, Frank Vogel said to expect "a lot more" two point guard lineups. Watson is not scoring at huge rate, but his accuracy from beyond the arc, 4-of-6 this series, spaces the floor well and creates driving lanes for George Hill. Hill had his best game of the series in Tuesday's win, scoring 15 points in 33 minutes. With Vogel committed to a two point guard look, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson may see a decrease in minutes.

George Hill G IND 3 Months

George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

Hill's offense was key to the Pacers' 17-0 run in the third quarter that ended the game, but he didn't score a point in the first half. Hill will have to keep it going in Atlanta for Games 3 & 4 on Thursday and Saturday. C.J. Watson had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench tonight.

George Hill G IND 3 Months

Frank Vogel said that during Saturday's Game 1 defeat the Pacers "didn't trust the passes well enough, didn't move the ball well enough."

A lack of ball movement has characterized the Pacers' late-season collapse, but the problems weren't contained to the offensive end. Vogel also highlighted breakdowns in one-on-one defense and the Hawks' relentless ability to get into the paint, which is largely due to Jeff Teague's penetration and the Hawks' frontcourt spreading the court out to the 3-point line.

George Hill G IND 3 Months

George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

Hill was abused by Jeff Teague tonight (28 points, five assists) and isn't a good match up for Atlanta's point guard. He could end up giving way to C.J. Watson for the rest of the series, as Hill and Roy Hibbert haven't looked right since the All-Star break. The Pacers no longer have homecourt advantage in this series, nor have they figured out how to match up with Atlanta.

George Hill G IND 3 Months

The Pacers will not rest George Hill on Wednesday, though he may not play the entire game.

Hill is averaging 3.5 assists this season, which have created an average of 11.8 points per 48 minutes for the Pacers. That ranks him 112th among qualifying players, sandwiched between Evan Turner and Marc Gasol. It's a paltry mark for a starting point guard, though in fairness the Pacers' offense doesn't give him many opportunities.

George Hill G IND 3 Months

George Hill scored three points in 23 minutes vs. the Thunder on Sunday with two assists and four fouls.

A lot of players get into foul trouble against the Thunder and Hill couldn't find a rhythm. He's had plenty of bumps in the road all season, but scoring just three points in his last two games since resting on Wednesday is one of his lowest lows. He'll look to turn it around in the season finale on Wednesday in an important game.