Playoffs 2018 East First Round: Cavaliers (4) vs. Pacers (5)
Cleveland Cavaliers' George Hill out for Game 5 with back spasms
Tom Withers | The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers starting point guard George Hill will miss Game 5 against Indiana with lingering back spasms.
Hill also sat out Game 4, but the Cavs were able to hold on to a second-half lead and beat the Pacers to even the series. Hill has been bothered by a bad back since he was drilled from behind by Indiana’s Trevor Booker in the series opener.
Jose Calderon will start in place of Hill, who came to the Cavs in February via trade from Sacramento. The 31-year-old Hill is averaging 8.7 points and 1.7 assists in the postseason.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue did not provide any details on Hill’s injury or his status going forward in the series. Hill received four injections in an attempt to play in Game 4.
Calderon has been in and out of Cleveland’s lineup all season. He’s averaging 3.3 points and 14 minutes in the series.