Hill to Play in Game 6
George Hill, who had been sidelined in Game 5 due to symptoms lingering from a concussion in Game 4, has been cleared to play in Game 6.
Earlier in the day, Hill participated in shootaround and “looked fine” according to Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.
The Pacers, who are playing at home tonight to clinch their first trip to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals since 2004, should get a lift from Hill’s presence. In Game 5, with DJ Augustin starting for Hill, the bench production was thin at the guard spot and the Pacers bench was outscored by the Knicks in Game 5, 35-10.
During his pregame press conference, Coach Vogel said that, “We did everything by the book, everything the league asked for.”
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Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers’ medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA’s Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol as part of the NBA’s Concussion Policy. During the process, George remained symptom-free after each step including his workouts earlier today. After consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the NBA’s Director of Concussion Management, the Pacers’ team physicians have cleared George to play in tonight’s game.
6:00 PM – This story is still developing. Please come back for more details and video from Coach Vogel’s pregame press conference.