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Hill to go through individual tests, remains a game-time decision vs Raptors

Hill to go through individual tests, remains a game-time decision vs Raptors

After morning shootaround, George Hill ventured left out of the tunnel inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, rather than right as usual, towards the locker room. He will be going through a series of individual tests with the coaches to determine whether his sore left hip still hampers his contributions on the court.

They didn’t do a lot of live action in shootaround, which is why the coaches and trainers want to see Hill in this extra session. They want to see how he moves, how he explodes, and whether he’s still in pain, etc.

Being very coy, Hill said he participated in shootaround, but he also added, after I laughed at his response, “You always ask me questions you know I can’t give you.”

Hill first suffered this hip injury late in third quarter of their game in New Orleans on Oct. 30. Since then, he has missed the last three games because with it being so early in the season, they don’t want this injury to linger.

“That’s the biggest thing,” Hill said. “You don’t want something that maybe taking a couple games out can get rid of it rather than playing and it prolonging the injury.

“It’s getting a lot better. Just figuring out what the trainers think is best for me and the team right now.”

While seated on the bench in a suit, Hill has seen his team improve to 5-0 for the first time in NBA franchise history.

“I think we have something special,” he added. “Like we said today [at shootaround], we can’t get comfortable. We got to still play with that chip on our shoulder because no one expects us to be this good. Everybody in this locker room has to expect it our self and that’s all that matters.”

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Scott Agness is in his second season as a multimedia contributor for Pacers.com. He delivers articles, blog posts, interviews, and videos. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he was part of broadcasts on the IU Radio Network, Big Ten Network, IUHoosiers.com and WIUX. He is the founder and editor of VigilantSports.com.

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