Hill (hamstring) is expecting a return "somewhere around February," Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com reports. Hill underwent surgery to repair a torn hamstring at the end of August and was originally given a timetable of six-to-eight months, so a return in February would fall in line with the earlier side of that original projection. He'll continue to go through the long rehabilitation process moving forward, which means guys like E'Twaun Moore, Dante Cunningham and recently signed Tony Allen should take over the bulk of the small forward minutes, though it's unclear who exactly will be named the starter at this point.
Hill underwent surgery Sunday to repair a torn hamstring and is expected to be sidelined for a portion of the upcoming season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. While it's unclear when Hill suffered the injury, the timetable for his recovery is six-to-eight months, which should keep him out for the majority of the upcoming season. It's a tough blow for Hill, as he was the favorite to open the season as the team's starting small forward. Instead, Hill will start the 2017-18 campaign working back from his injury, which should give guys like E'Twaun Moore and Quincy Pondexter more opportunities for playing time.
Hill supplied 15 points (5-11 FG, 5-7 3Pt), four rebounds, one steal and one block across 41 minutes in a 134-131 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday. The torrid pace of Tuesday's game allowed supporting players like Hill and E'Twaun Moore (13 points) to see a few more looks on the offensive end than usual, and both cashed in with excellent shooting nights. Hill's performance in particular was surprising given that he's just a 35.8 percent shooter from distance on the season, but those counting on the forward to replicate his performance in Friday's rematch with the Nuggets may need to lower expectations. After a five-game stretch in mid-March in which he averaged 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 three-pointers, Hill reverted to his measly production prior to Tuesday's outburst, as he had hit double figures in the scoring column in only one of his previous seven outings.
Hill (foot) will play in Wednesday's game agains the Mavericks, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports. It appears as though Hill's appearance on Wednesday's injury report was just precautionary, as the swingman will take the floor with no reported restrictions against the Mavericks. Look for Hill to play his typical dosage of around 30 minutes, but his lack of consistent production will keep him as a risky fantasy option.
Hill is questionable for Wednesday's action against the Mavericks due to right foot soreness. This is the first news of Hill dealing with a foot issue, which could have occurred during Monday's loss to the Jazz, though it doesn't seem to be too serious. Regardless, it's put his status for Wednesday's game into question. If he's unable to give it a go, look for Dante Cunningham and E'Twaun Moore to see extended run.
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