The Utah Jazz (22-15) announced today that starting point guard George Hill has completed the NBA’s concussion protocol completely, and is once again cleared to play. And that’s great because during his absence back-up point guard Dante Exum was also hurt and head coach Quin Snyder leaned heavily upon journeyman Shelvin Mack. And the results were, predictable. Hill, on the other hand, is having a career season and was once awarded the Western Conference Player of the Week award.
Hill is averaging 18.8 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 spg, and drilling 2.2 threes a night. His numbers don’t quite show his on-court effect on the team. The turn overs the team accrues when he doesn’t play, on the other hand, speak volumes.
George Hill has been medically cleared to play in tonight's game at Minnesota.#UTAatMIN— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 7, 2017
We are excited.
Now that the unbeatable George Hill-Gordon Hayward duo is reunited, the Jazz should finish the season on a 45-game winning streak. #TakeNote— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) January 7, 2017
I don’t know if this means what Jody says it means, but I’m not going to complain. It’s important to be healthy now as the team is supposed to be winding up into a death machine over the next three months. Probably most important: the game against the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow against Mike Conley. Having Hill back, after back-to-back losses thanks to Isaiah Thomas and Kyle Lowry, couldn’t have come at a better time.
WE LOVE YOU GEORGE! THANK YOU FOR BEING SO GREAT! DON’T GET HURT ANYMORE, IF POSSIBLE!