George Hill and his Indiana Pacers have had a wild ending to the regular season. With one regular season game left against the Philadelphia 76ers plus the playoffs, Hill would like to try to get the Pacers back to a sense of normality very quickly.
The tragedy at the Boston Marathon Monday resulted in the cancelation of the Pacers game with the Celtics. It’s one of those rare cancelations that won’t be rescheduled, but is a move that was fitting considering the circumstances.
Now, Hill and his teammates have one regular season left to try to turn things around in a hurry. They have lost four of their last five and have resembled one of the worst teams in the NBA in some of their losses. It could be too late for the Pacers to turn it around in time to be a legitimate NBA title contender, even though it wasn’t too long ago Pacer fans and others thought they might have a legitimate chance to win it all.
Hill’s goal right now is to help his team gets its confidence back and get together a winning streak, which would put the team in a prime spot to challenge the Miami Heat for the East Conference title. The Pacers have to get past the first round and possibly survive a second-round battle against No. 2 New York Knicks.
Hill had a poor game against the Knicks on Sunday with only six points, but he had scored in double-digits for seven games before that, and also had 27 points against the Cleveland a week ago. The Pacers need Hill and their other starters to catch fire right now. If that happens, the season isn’t over yet for the Pacers.