George Hill played 37 minutes in the Pacers’ Game 4 win over the Knicks, and led the team in scoring with a game-high 26 points. So when the news broke shortly before tip-off of Game 5 that he had been ruled out due to a concussion, the collective head-scratching of when this might have happened immediately began.
It appears to have gone down midway through the first quarter of Game 4, before Hill’s sensational performance.
In the video clip above (at about the 11 second mark) you see Tyson Chandler catch Hill with an elbow to the head as he attempted to set a screen. Chandler didn’t throw the elbow, and no foul was called on the play. But if you’re a Pacers fan, you might not be happy that Chandler had his elbows out and up high enough that Hill was able to run his head directly into one of them while trying to keep pace with his man.
Hill experienced symptoms of a concussion in the following days, and then failed the league-mandated tests that would clear him to return to action. He’s still not cleared yet for Game 6, and it changes quite a bit for the Pacers if he remains unable to go on Saturday.
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The Lakers took on the salary of Jose Calderon this year so they could get a couple second-round picks from the Bulls (Chicago got him from New York in the Derrick Rose trade), but even with the previous regime in Los Angeles the aging point guard was never part of the future.
Sources told ESPN that it’s not yet a certainty Calderon will secure his release from the Lakers in the coming days, but the sides are indeed discussing the options as Wednesday’s playoff eligibility deadline nears….
Sources say that Calderon, if he winds up hitting the open market, would instantly become a target for both the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.
Cleveland may also have interest if their plan to land Deron Williams when he is bought out by Dallas goes awry.
Calderon, 35, was not part of the Lakers’ regular rotation, playing in just 24 games. He can still knock down a shot if he has space and can set his feet, and he still has a high hoops IQ and can see the floor, but his athleticism has faded, and that can leave him exposed. Particularly on defense.
Players are being waived now so they clear in time for teams to sign them by March 1, after that said players are not eligible for playoff rosters.
There are better players to hit the waiver wire in the coming days — D-Will, Andrew Bogut, Matt Barnes — but Calderon is going to land somewhere. He’d be a solid third point guard and veteran presence for a playoff run.
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