CLEVELAND– Cavaliers point guard George Hill is available for Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers. Head coach Tyronn Lue confirmed Hill’s status during his pregame media availability on Sunday.
While Lue said Hill would be available, he declined to say whether or not Hill will start at point guard or come off the bench. Hill has not played since Game 3 of the opening round series as he has continued to deal with back spasms.
“G-Hill really wants to play Game 7,” Lue said. “The doctors cleared him and said he can play, so we’ll just see how he feels and kind of gauge it from there.”
Lue: “G-Hill really wants to play Game 7. The doctors cleared him and said he can play, so we’ll just see how he feels and kind of gauge it from there.” pic.twitter.com/3eZAazXrwu
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Hill initially injured his back in Game 1 on a hard screen, and got re-injured during the third quarter of Game 3. He has been undergoing treatment since. Part of that treatment included multiple injections to deal with the spasms.
Through three games in the playoffs, Hill is averaging 8.7 points and and 1.7 assists. On offense, having Hill available as another ball-handler is big in taking some of the pressure off of LeBron James, who won’t have to play point forward as a result.
“Just having an extra ball-handler is big,” Lue said, “especially in this series with the way they’re trying to pick us up full court, pressure wing catches, pressure the elbow catches. So having an extra ball-handler is big for this series.”
Game 7 tips off at 1 p.m.