Utah Jazz Notes

Jazz shootaround: George Hill still out as he undergoes concussion protocol

First Published      Last Updated Jan 05 2017 02:54 pm

George Hill will miss tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors, as he continues to go through the NBA's concussion protocol.

The Jazz point guard took an elbow to the face on New Year's Even and needed 21 stitches in his lower lip to close the cut.

"When that happened he was just angry because he's been out for a while and he wanted to be back," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said after the team's morning shootaround at Air Canada Centre.

When Hill might return from his latest injury, however, remains to be seen.

"It's tricky with a concussion," Snyder said. "When you first get it, you're hopeful that it will be quick."

Snyder said it has been difficult to discern whether Hill is suffering exclusively from the lingering effects of the concussion or whether he has also been hampered by his badly cut lip.

"He started eating more than rice yesterday. Hopefully that will help too," Snyder said. "… It's hard to tell the difference. I know he hasn't eaten because of his lip. Is his mouth making him weak so when he goes through the protocol he doesn't feel right? It's hard to say."

Hill has been a difference maker for the Jazz when he's been able to get on the court this season, averaging 18.8 points and 4.2 assists in 13 games this season. Thursday's contest, however, will mark the 24th game Hill has missed due to injury.

— Aaron Falk