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Why ex-Kings guard George Hill can finally celebrate. 'It’s about finishing the job'

Cleveland Cavaliers pont guard George Hill received his degree from IUPUI on Saturday, one day before the team opened the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.
Cleveland Cavaliers pont guard George Hill received his degree from IUPUI on Saturday, one day before the team opened the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. The Associated Press

Call him George the graduate.

One day before his Cleveland Cavaliers opened the Eastern Conference finals, George Hill was not at practice. Instead, he was receiving a degree from the school of liberal arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, better known simply as IUPUI.

The point guard, who was traded to Cleveland midseason after signing a three-year, $57 million deal with the Kings last summer, spoke at Saturday's ceremony. He even showed off a tattoo of the school's mascot on Twitter.

Hill, who turned 32 on May 4, left the university 10 years ago and was drafted late in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs. He's had a solid NBA career with stints on five teams, but he's glad to finally have his diploma.

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"It’s not about how long it took me, it’s about finishing the job," he told The Indianapolis Star, adding, "It was tough, but I was so focused on getting it done because I put it off for so long."

He was expected to be a mentor to young point guards De'Aaron Fox and Frank Mason in Sacramento, but the Kings opted to deal him to a title contender near the NBA trade deadline.

Saturday may have been a day of celebration, but not Sunday. Hill scored just five points in the Cavaliers' Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers are seeking a fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, but their star isn't worried about the loss.

''I have zero level of concern at this stage,'' Cleveland forward LeBron James said.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 23 points in Boston's 108-83 victory.

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