George Hill Key Reason Why Indiana Pacers Are Title Contenders

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sport

George Hill can take a bow for a resurgence in the Indiana Pacers drive to NBA title contention.

He remembers that how the season started: the last thing pro basketball observers would have anticipated was a Pacers squad that would be a part of the NBA title talks in March.

“We got off to a rough start this season with our road games,” he said midway through the season. “We really had to drive to come back and get above .500 As good as we can do right now, the better off we are going to be late in the season.”

Hill is also as good of a prophet as he is a professional basketball player.

In one of the Pacers’ best games of the season, a 97-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Hill was outstanding at the time when he needed to be. He put in 36 outstanding minutes in a highly intense game, hitting 6-of-6 from the floor, 3-of-3 in 3-point tries. That’s obviously about as perfect as he could be, although shooting 6-of-10 from the free-throw line could be fixed. He also had six rebounds and five assists.

It was a good game to showcase his marvelous talents in what’s been a marvelous season. He’s also a reliable starter, shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. When the Pacers get down to serious NBA title contention, they’ll need him to be at his best.

He’s at 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and and 4.9 assists per game. The Pacers have become NBA title contenders for many reasons. George Hill is one of them.

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