2013 NBA Playoffs: George Hill’s Solid Play Igniting Indiana Pacers
George Hill has been as steady as a rock for the Indiana Pacers during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals with the Miami Heat. It’s among the reasons the Pacers have pulled into a stunning 2-2 series tie with the Heat.
NBA experts still expect the Heat to pull through, but Hill and his Indiana teammates are making things interesting.
Hill didn’t shoot well in Tuesday’s 99-92 victory over the Heat as he was just 4-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-6 in threes. But he was aggressive in going to the hoop and continues to shoot well in free throws. He was 9-of-10 from the stripe on Tuesday, and he was 6-of-7 in Game 3. Hill had 19 points, six assists and five rebounds in Game 4. He had 10 points, two assists and one board in Game 3, plus 19 points, and had 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the second game. He was 6-of-8 from the floor in Game 2, and he’s also been averaging around 40 minutes per game.
It’s obvious that Hill and the Pacers are playing with confidence. When the Heat won Game 1, experts expected the Pacers to fold. When they lost Game 3, experts expected the Pacers to fold. It hasn’t happened, and it’s not going to happen. This series could easily go seven games.
If Hill puts in another steady game in Game 5 and his teammates continue to produce the way they have, the Pacers could be poised for one of the biggest upsets in playoff history. But as it stands now, it’s been a gutsy performance for Indiana.