April 9, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) reacts to scoring a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Cleveland 99-94. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

George Hill: To Sit or Not to Sit?

That is the question surrounding George Hill right now. Only three games left in the season, but still three important games for the Pacers to keep hold of the third seed in the Eastern Conference.  With George Hill on the floor, the Pacers have a good shot at winning those last three games. But with the way he’s been lagging on defense, maybe now is the best time to just sit him and let him heal.  He’s been burned by the opposing point guard in the past two or three games. His defense overall hasn’t been as good as advertised.  But on offense, he’s truly a floor leader. He knows when to be aggressive and when to dish out for other guys.  That part of his game is what I love the most. It’s also an area that I think he’s got better at as the season has gone along.

He was definitely the catalyst for that comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the huge deficit.  He was looking to score, and that’s what I want to see more of come playoff time. He’s got a good shot, and he can get to the basket when need be.  He’s even shown the ability to post up at times against a smaller point guard.  But Hill is a smaller point guard himself, so that doesn’t happen often. The floater in the lane that he’s been using all season is pretty.  He can get into small areas, and really make a diference.

Who knows if Hill will be able to heal up before the playoffs start, so maybe he’ll jus continue to go out and give the team all he can.  This late in the season, it’s hard for an injury to just go away with some rest.  With the team needing Hill out there, I hate to say don’t sit, as that third seed is up in the air. I would go with Hill playing today, and if the Pacers lose, then sit him the last two games.  I don’t know if that would be a good thing, and even with a healthy Hill these last three games for the Pacers are looking iffy.  The Pacers just haven’t looked good over the past week, and if that continues today, the playoffs are going to be one and one for the team.  The Pacers will need George Hill out there as much as possible, so let’s hope he can play through whatever is ailing him.

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