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Pacers point guard George Hill cleared to play Saturday against Knicks

(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images) Pacers point guard George Hill missed Thursday's Game 5 with a concussion. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

After sitting out one game with a concussion, Indiana Pacers starting point guard George Hill has been cleared to play in Saturday night's game against the New York Knicks.

Hill missed Game 5 of the Pacers' second-round playoff series on Thursday, which the Knicks won to cut Indiana's series lead to 3-2. He averaged 17.3 points in the series' first four games, including a 26-point outburst in a Game 4 win.

Hill started 76 games for the Pacers during the regular season, averaging 14.2 points, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

The team released a statement on its website regarding his health, writing that he passed the NBA's required concussion tests:

Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers’ medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA’s Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol as part of the NBA’s Concussion Policy. During the process, George remained symptom-free after each step including his workouts earlier today. After consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the NBA’s Director of Concussion Management, the Pacers’ team physicians have cleared George to play in tonight’s game.

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