At first glance, the loss of George Hill for game five was disheartening but it did not register as catastrophic. There was reason to believe that even if the lack of Hill forced a sixth game in Indianapolis, all would be well because undoubtedly Hill would return for game six and the Pacers could conceivably maintain their home dominance over New York. But now, to learn that the NBA's concussion protocols could shelve Indiana's starting point guard for an undetermined amount of time (i.e., the rest of the playoffs), a pall has fallen over this Pacers fan's enthusiasm.
This series against New York has seen the Pacers win the majority of games despite some less than stellar offense and way too many turnovers. The multiple turnovers at the end of game five had many of us begging for a miracle recovery for Hill.
This is not to say that the immediate mission is impossible. The Pacers can win against New York without Hill but can they contend with Miami without him? I learned a long time ago not to use hope as the basis for an argument. As a result, I simply cannot muster an argument that Hill's absence in a series against Miami would be negligible.
Nevertheless, I remain hopeful for both George Hill personally and the Indiana Pacers as a team that Hill's symptoms clear up immediately and he passes the post-concussion test fully within the next day. Or at least, in time for a game seven in the Garden.
Of course, in light of Hill's status, New York fans and New York media maintain their ever-classy approach (sarcasm). The New York Daily News titled its article: "It's a thrill without George Hill..." Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/lawrence-knicks-facing-up-hill-battle-article-1.1346740#ixzz2TZOPQGZa
The article actually praises Tyson Chandler for potentially turning the series. "[T]he Knicks finally got something positive out of Chandler when he sent Hill to the sidelines with headaches." Way to stay classy.