If it seems hard to believe that Grant Hill could return from Friday's knee surgery before the season ends, consider this detail: his right knee has been less swollen following team physician Thomas Carter's surgery than it had before the non-optional scope.

Hill's expectation to return for some of Suns' remaining 14 games was clear Sunday, when he returned to US Airways Center for the first time since having the medial meniscus tear repaired. He was cleared to get off crutches Sunday night.

"I think I can," Hill said. "Doc is pleased with the surgery and what he saw in there. I'll be back this year."