The Cleveland Cavaliers will start Jose Calderon at point guard for Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers, the team announced Sunday.
Calderon will take over for George Hill, who was ruled out of the game with back spasms. Hill was initially hurt in Game 1 of the first-round series when Pacers forward Trevor Booker set a back screen on him. He played in Games 2 and 3 before his back "locked up," according to Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
Hill received four shots in between Games 3 and 4 to try to get ready to play.
"We tried to do everything possible, even after the game, getting treatment, trying to loosen it up, taking a shot and medicine in my butt," Hill said Sunday. "Even today taking a shot earlier today in my back, another shot in the afternoon to try to loosen things up, but it's just not loosening up in a day or so.
"They think it's best to sit out [Game 4], to not prolong it, maybe give it these next couple days some rest and things like that to get back on Wednesday."
Calderon started 32 games for the Cavs during the regular season. He scored five points in 14 minutes in the Cavs' Game 2 victory, but he did not play in Game 3.
Tristan Thompson also should see more playing time Sunday after logging 1 minute, 59 seconds in the first three games.
The Pacers have a 2-1 lead in the series.
ESPN's Dave McMenamin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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