The Pacers will be without their starting point guard when they face the Celtics in Boston Saturday night (8 p.m.). George Hill, who suffered a bruised left shoulder late in Indiana’s win over Milwaukee on Thursday, is being held out.
“I felt like I just lost the feeling in my arm for a while and when it started to come back a little bit, I knew I was OK,” Hill said after Thursday’s game. “I knew from there that it’ll be alright.”
C.J. Watson will make his fourth start of the season.
Frank Vogel and the training staff made the decision to hold Hill out likely as a precaution, as they plan to keep playing for another four months. Plus, tonight the team is beginning a taxing stretch of five games in seven nights.
Even without him, Hill has complete confidence in his teammates.
“I mean we’re fine,” he said. “All season long when guys go down or a guys not feeling good or healthy, others have stepped up in their spot. I feel like we’re one of the deepest teams in the league and that’s what we strive for.”
Hill, who averages 10.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, won’t be on the floor for just the fourth time this season — the first time since a sore left hip kept him out of three of the first five games.
This injury isn’t new for him. Hill dealt with a left shoulder contusion last season, one of at least 10 documented injuries he fought through.