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George Hill to return from shoulder injury Saturday night against Toronto Raptors

CLEVELAND, Ohio — George Hill will make his return to the lineup on Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors. 

Hill, who missed the previous 11 games with a sprained right shoulder, will be on a minutes restriction, expected to play around 20 minutes. 

“We don’t want to try to burn him out his first game back and we don’t want the shoulder to get fatigued or start bothering him again, so we’ll really keep a close, close eye on him,” head coach Larry Drew said.

Drew also said he may put Hill back in the starting lineup, pairing him alongside rookie Collin Sexton. But that decision hasn’t been made yet.

Whether Hill starts or not, Sexton will remain in the starting group where he has flourished since taking over for the injured Hill on Nov. 7. 

“It gives us another ball-handler on the floor, another guy who can make plays,” Drew said. “It gives us speed, it gives us quickness. I like Collin’s ability to play off the ball, too. I don’t want him to be just a one-dimensional player where everything is happening with the ball in his hands. I think he can be a terrific player off the ball and teams can’t lock into him as easy as he is on the ball. There’s some pros and cons to playing them both together, but I do think the pros outweigh the cons.”

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