And what better time for Roy Hibbert to finally be getting closer to where everyone thinks he should be. I will still state that I don’t think Hibbert will ever be a huge scorer, but what he can do on defense and rebounding wise is worth the pay. I see the argument well Hibbert is getting paid like a superstar, so he needs to produce like that. But through this Pacers’ offense, he’s never going to get that many points. He hit for 27 points yesterday, and had plenty of put backs on misses by Pacers. That’s mostly his game. There are those times when the Pacers will dump it in to Roy and he’ll have to take advantage of that.
The Pacers will get a great chance to see where Roy Hibbert is at with Friday night’s meeting with the Lakers of Los Angeles. There we have quite a center match up with Dwight Howard, who looks to be back to his usual form going at Hibbert. Hibbert has looked at his peak as well shooting over 55% from the field over the past few games. That has to continue for the Pacers to contend with what Howard might have to do without Kobe Bryant in the line up tomorrow night.
What Hibbert has to do is continue to play with that confidence. He’s one of those guys that you can just tell what kind of game he will have based on his body language. I don’t think that will ever change, and people need to accept that for Hibbert’s game. I think if he can play up to Howard’s level tomorrow, and the Pacers come out with a win, fans will come around for Hibbert. It’s been a bit of a tough season for him as he looked very bad offensively for so long this season.
But coming around the All Star break, things were clicking better. Maybe it was the hand issue clearing up. Maybe it was enough fans talking about Hibbert because I know he had to see some of what was being said about him. Maybe some Pacers player spoke to him. Maybe his head got right. I’m just glad for Hibbert that he’s looking so much better, and now he’s going to have to continue to that level.
The defense will need to continue to be a strong suit for Hibbert. He’s got to make those bunny shots. He’s going to have to keep balls alive and get as many rebounds as he can. He can’t lose this confidence that he suddenly has. Tomorrow night would be a great leap for Hibbert if he can show up in a tough match up.