Indiana Pacers All-Star center Roy Hibbert picked up two fouls early in the first quarter of their loss in Chicago on Monday night. Hibbert played for 24:54 against the Bulls, the least amount of game time for any of Indiana’s starters. With Hibbert in foul trouble for most of the game, Indiana lost a lead in the third quarter, and looked lost on both ends of the court.
Hibbert ended the game with five fouls and two points. Still, a closer look at Hibbert’s stat line shows a small piece of promise in an otherwise dismal display in the Windy City. Hibbert was forced to play a bit timid due to touchy foul calling by the referees, but still added statistics in all but one of the major categories. The two point scoring night was at the low end of a stat sheet that included seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and a steal. Even in limited time, Indiana’s only 2012 All-Star made his presence felt.
Chicago played tight on (and played right at) Hibbert for his entire time on the court. The Bulls executed a game plan to get Hibbert into foul trouble, throwing Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah in his path early and often. The plan worked to perfection, but shows how much the Bulls respect Hibbert’s effect on the game.
Hibbert and the Pacers have a shot at redemption Tuesday night, as they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to Bankers Life Fieldouse.