Jordan Hill Injury: Updates on Pacers Center's Finger and Return

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

Indiana Pacers center Jordan Hill (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 129-126. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Indiana Pacers big man Jordan Hill dislocated his right ring finger on Feb. 10 against the Charlotte Hornets. However, he has been cleared to return to the lineup.

Continue for updates. 

Hill Active vs. Thunder

Friday, Feb. 19

Hill had two points and four rebounds in 12 minutes against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.

Hill's Impact Goes Beyond Box Score

While Hill was averaging just 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.5 blocks primarily as a bench contributor prior to the injury, Indiana had posted a net rating of plus-4.4 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor this season, per's stats database. Indiana's net rating with Hill on the bench is just plus-1.6 points per 100 possessions. 

His contributions in the box score may not be eye-popping, but Hill has a tough demeanor that permeates through the rest of Indiana's defense when he's on the floor. With solid rim-protecting skills and a knack for crashing the boards, Hill is one of the Pacers' true unsung heroes.