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Pacers’ George Hill could miss season opener with sore hip

George Hill

Indiana Pacers’ George Hill reacts after the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 105-93 in Game 6 of their NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Indianapolis. Miami won the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


After George Hill took control during the playoffs last year, the Indiana Pacers let Darren Collison walk and gave Hill the starting point guard job this season.

Except, he may not be able to start the season. Coach Frank Vogel is trying to remain optimistic he’ll be there, he told the Indy Star.

The Pacers will likely go through the entire preseason without their starting point guard. Vogel is not optimistic that Hill will play tonight after he didn’t practice Thursday. Hill’s absence raises concern about his availability for the season opener at Toronto on Oct. 31.

“It’s always a concern whether he’ll be in there or not,” Vogel said. “We feel like he’s going to be ready by then.”

In Hill’s absence, D.J. Augustin has been starting for the Pacers at the point.

Indiana should be right there with Boston fighting for the No. 2 seed in the East, but they need Hill to do it. Sounds like he is close to return, but even if he is back for the opener expect limited minutes his first few games after missing all of the preseason.