NBA Playoffs 2013: Roy Hibbert Looks to Score in Atlanta

Apr 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) is guarded by Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Hibbert will never forget the last time that he visited the city of Atlanta for a game. He scored no points, grabbed one rebound, and didn’t play a minute in the fourth quarter. Who knows what happened in that game to make Hibbert disappear, but he’s looking to show that was a fluke? Ever since the All Star Break, Hibbert has looked so much better on the offensive side of things. We know what he can do defensively, blocking a lot of shots and make life difficult in the lane for guys. How about those 11 blocks against the New Orleans Hornets? Think anyone of those players want to drive in the lane as much with Hibebrt sitting there.

But for most fans, they want Hibbert to do so much more offensively. I’ve said so much on here that Hibbert isn’t going to be an offensive juggernaut, and that’s fine because that’s the player he is. He’ll give you 12-15 points a game because the offense doesn’t flow through him. He’ll get those offensive rebounds for easy put backs. I think as long as he’s shooting well than fans should be fine with his game. He might come through with an offensive on slaught of 20 or more points, but that’s just not the way his game is built. If he could work on some more moves in the post, then we could see more points come from him.

If there is one way to improve offensively with Hibbert, it’s being more aggressive. Ask Ivan Johnson about that.  I don’t think we have ever seen Roy Hibbert make a more explosive move than that drive to the lane.  Sometimes Hibbert gets stuck because he waits too long to make a move to the basket, and a double team will come. But if Hibbert can work on being aggressive from the get go, then he’ll become an even better player.

Tonight’s game should look for Hibbert from the start, so he can get some points on the board, and that last game will be forgotten. I don’t think Hibbert has forgot about that game because he’s such a mental guy.  But if he can score a basket or two right at the start, I would look for him to have a terrific game. It’s all about building up that confidence for Hibbert.  He’s been mighty confident this series, and I expect that to continue.

Topics: Indiana Pacers, NBA Playoffs, Roy Hibbert

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