George Hill Determined To Help Indiana Pacers Get To NBA Finals Next Season

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

George Hill doesn’t want to be watching the NBA Finals as a spectator again next season.

Hill, like his Indiana Pacers teammates, is determined to be a participant in the 2014 Finals. It’s a long summer for the Pacers, who are watching the Miami Heat vs. the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA finals. The Pacers and Hill would rather be playing instead.

Hill’s  only regret is that he didn’t play better in the playoffs as he did during the regular season. It’s not that he played terribly, but it’s just that he didn’t play better and the Pacers could have used more from him against the Heat.

During the regular season, Hill averaged 14.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 34.5 playing minutes per game. For 18 playoff games, he averaged 24.6 points 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 38.1 playing minutes. He shot better from the floor during the regular season than in the playoffs.

He will also always regret that he didn’t play better in the seven-game series against the Heat. He average 39.9 minutes but only 13.9 points, 3.90 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game and shot only 38.6 percent from the floor.

That’s why it’s a long summer for the team, although the Heat defense can get some credit. That’s also why Hill is determined that he and the Pacers will be playing this time next season.

It’s not going to be easy, however. The Pacers and Hill realize they’ll have to be a better team next season to advance to the NBA Finals. Coming close isn’t good enough, as he found out this season.

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