Suns forward Grant Hill is listed as probable for tomorrow night’s home game against the Timberwolves.
After falling and hitting the back of his head on the floor with 5:14 left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Hornets, the seven-time All-Star remained on the bench for a few minutes before heading back to the locker room so he could be tested for a concussion. Shortly afterwards, Hill returned home to nurse his headache.
“You know the whole thing with hitting your head is the first 24 hours,” Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry said. “They (Suns medical staff) monitored him last night. He feels fine, looks good, but just has a little bit of a headache because he hit the floor pretty hard.”
Hill was being guarded by the Hornets’ Julian Wright as he dribble-drove to the basket from the right side of the court. New Orleans’ Marcus Thornton rotated over and blocked Hill as the 15-year veteran went tumbling to the floor.
Suns head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson performed some basic tests on the floor to determine whether
Hill had sustained a concussion and Hill checked out just fine. Hill then walked to the bench unassisted, remaining there for a few minutes.
“I wanted to stay on the sidelines so I could yell at the refs a few times before I went in the back,” Hill said.
At practice Monday, he didn’t participate for precautionary reasons. As of after practice, the only difficulty he was having was a headache and some soreness in the neck and back.
“I want to play but if it’s not right then I’ll wait,” Hill said. But I think it’ll be fine. A lot of times with any kind of injury, it’s always the next day and how you feel when you wake up.”
Gentry believes that Hill will be ready to go tomorrow.
“As long as he’s not cheering for North Carolina or anything crazy like that, then we’ll know he’s fine to play tomorrow,” Gentry said of the Duke standout.