George Hill G IND 22 Hrs
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 2 Days
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 Days
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 5 Days
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 9 Days
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 11 Days
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.
George Hill G IND 12 Days
George Hill returned to action on Friday April 11.
George Hill G IND 13 Days
George Hill might as well have bought a ticket to Friday's one-sided loss to the Heat, posting just four assists and two turnovers without taking a single shot in a whopping 33 minutes.
We're not sure how Frank Vogel is going to handle this back-breaking loss but C.J. Watson (10 points, one assist, 19 minutes) is at least willing to compete. Watson is coming off a longer-term injury and it's unclear how many minutes he could theoretically handle, but the Pacers have to look at any and all options as their collapse has reached historic proportions.
George Hill G IND 15 Days
George Hill (rest) will join the Pacers' other four starters on the sidelines for Wednesday's game.
The Pacers have lost seven of their past nine games and coach Frank Vogel believes that exhaustion is part of the problem. He has a point, as 27-year-old Hill's shooting numbers have declined while playing 35 minutes per game since the All-Star break. Donald Sloan will get the start at PG on Wednesday, with support from C.J. Watson (elbow).
George Hill G IND 27 Days
George Hill scored just eight points in 38 minutes vs. John Wall and the Wizards on Friday, adding three rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Pacers' road loss.
He scored two points in 41 minutes of action on Wednesday and is a combined 4-of-10 from the field in Indy's past two games. Playing time hasn't been an issue for Hill, who is averaging 36 minutes per game in March, but he's shooting just 39.0 percent from the field (32.0 percent from downtown), and his mediocre assists (3.8) and steals (0.8) aren't making up the deficit.