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Pacers George Hill out for second straight game Tuesday

Nov 5, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

Jameer Nelson, George Hill AP

This is why the Indiana Pacers went out and got C.J. Watson this summer — they needed some better depth at the point guard position.

Sure, the goal was and remains ultimately to bring Watson off the bench, but there are times he’ll be asked to do more. Like Tuesday in Detroit. For the second straight game George Hill will sit out for Indiana with what is described as a sore hip, reports Candace Buckner of the Indy Star.

Watson had 7 points on 2-of-8 shooting with 4 assists in his last start, finishing a plus three. That was a game the Pacers really just won with their stifling, league-best defense.

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This doesn’t sound serious — Hill thought he would be back Saturday when the Pacers faced and beat the Cavaliers. The Pacers are just being cautious, which in the second week of a marathon season is the smart play.

  1. azarkhan - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Love to see the Pacers get a serviceable starting point guard and have Hill come off the bench. Hill would be a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year award.

    • gostlcards5 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      While I understand your sentiment, I think Hill is talented enough and will be better than serviceable as the starting PG, especially after his first full year of being/learning the point.

  2. dynasonic - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    PG’s are a dying breed. There aren’t that many true PG’s in the NBA right now. There is a reason for that. Having someone that is versatile that can play the 1 and the 2, as well as defend the 1, 2 and sometimes even the 3 is more valuable than someone on the floor dedicated to directing an offense. Hill is very versatile and it is that flexibility that makes him slightly more valuable than a true PG that could be more of a liability on D.

  3. eliasarnett - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    People are too quick to bash HIll. The guy is better than many people think and it is too hard to find a true PG that can play both offense and defense in todays era of the NBA. Who else could the Pacers go after? I can’t really think of anyone besides Rondo. Would be huge if Granger could get healthy, play well, and then maybe the Pacers could have talks with the Celtics and a trade for Rondo.

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