It's too soon to say if George Hill will play for sure, but Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is optimistic.
And there is no doubt that Hill wants to be out there. That was the gist of the message from practice Saturday.
"He moved around good today, played 5-on-5 with some of the guys and felt decent, so we'll just have to see how his back reacts after that," Lue said. "He moved around pretty good, so we will see."'
When healthy, Hill has been the Cavs' starting point guard since a trade in early February brought him to Cleveland from the Sacramento Kings.
He has missed the previous three games with a back injury, suffered in Game 1 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Indiana Pacers and re-aggravated in Game 3. The Cavs and Pacers play the deciding Game 7 on Sunday in Cleveland. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
"I want to be out there with the guys, but knowing if I can't do certain things, move better and play my game then it's better to sit out and let the guys who can actually make those plays do their job," Hill said. "It's frustrating, but we have another opportunity to close it out at home and I would love to be a part of it."
Hill is averaging 8.7 points and 1.7 assists in his three postseason games.
Jose Calderon has been starting in his place, and while the steady veteran has done some nice things, he is not the shot-creator nor defender that Hill is.
"It's the last game or go home," Hill said. "Even if it's 85 percent, this time you have to be on deck and try to give it everything you have. It's different maybe and we tried to give (the back) breaks to see if we can move on in this series and give it a couple more days and things like that, but we don't have that luxury right now. It's Game 7. We need all hands on deck."