NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — The Indiana Pacers will be without point guard George Hill for Thursday night’s NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals Game 5 game against the New York Knicks.
Hill, who collected 18 points 14 rebounds and 7 assists in helping the Pacers to a 93-82 victory over the Knicks in Game 4 on Tuesday night, has been ruled out of Thursday game because of a concussion, the team said.
Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel says Hill remains day to day after he collided with Knicks center Tyson Chandler in the first half of Game 4.
His starting place goes to D.J. Augustin with Lance Stephenson expected to take care of the ball for the most part, at least in the opening minutes of the contest.
Meanwhile, Kenyon Martin will not start for New York, as Pablo Prigioni returns to the starting team to play alongside Raymond Felton at the guards.
Carmelo Anthony, who scored 24 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter in the last game is hoping to help his team force a Game 6.
Indiana leads the series 3-1 and will advance to the Eastern Conference final to face the Miami Heat with a win.