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Pacers injury update: George Hill, Rodney Stuckey questionable but closer to return against Bucks

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The Pacers may get a boost when they face the Bucks if George Hill and Rodney Stuckey are fit to return.

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George Hill (upper respiratory infection) and Rodney Stuckey (ankle) both practiced with the Pacers on Friday but remained questionable to play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

But as you can see, both players were in the mix at practice and the fact they went through the workout is good news.

Stuckey and Hill both took part in the Pacers "Come to Our House" dinner on Friday afternoon which is another sign they may be ready to return. More so with regard to GHill. Surely if he was still sick he wouldn't be serving others turkey. Conditioning may be the only factor holding GHill back but even working in the rotation for limited minutes would help.

The Pacers have played well in the past two games without both players (Stuckey has missed the past four games) but the team struggled to fill the gap in the rotation. The trickle down effect gave an opportunity to Joe Young and Solomon Hill but the reserve unit sputtered while trying to bridge the first and second quarters while giving the starters a rest.

Stuckey's ankle injury was more severe but he's been off 11 days since he re-tweaked the ankle against the Magic on Nov. 9.

The Bucks have had similar injury woes and earlier this week came closer to full strength with the return of Jabari Parker and O.J. Mayo. That makes the potential return of GHill and Stuckey even more important as the Pacers take on a Bucks team they will be fighting throughout the season for playoff space.