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George Hill remains questionable to play in Game 5 tonight for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers’ starting point guard missed Cleveland’s 104-100 victory in Game 4 on Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse because of back spasms.
The 31-year-old veteran received four injections in his back leading up to the game in an attempt to play, but it was not enough to allow him to answer the bell. Hill first suffered the injury when hit with an illegal screen by the Pacers’ Trevor Booker in Game 1 of the series.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Hill got some work in at practice Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence.
“A little bit,” Lue said. “Did some shooting, so we’ll see how he feels (today).”
If Hill’s back allows, would there be any chance he comes off the bench in Game 5 tonight?
“He would start,” Lue said.
Veteran Jose Calderon filled Hill’s spot as the starting point guard in Game 4, scoring five points and adding two rebounds and a pair of assists in 19 minutes.
Most importantly, the Cavaliers’ record when the 36-year-old Calderon starts was improved to 24-9 on the season. If Hill’s back will not allow him to play again tonight, Calderon will once again fill the void.
In the three games he has played in this series, Hill is averaging 8.7 points and 1.7 assists.