Roy Hibbert Main Reason Indiana Pacers Are Sizzling

By John Raffel
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers are in the middle of an impressive surge and many players can draw credit.

Might as well start with Roy Hibbert.

He continues to have a solid year and is making the Pacers a threat to the Miami Heat and New York Knicks for Eastern Conference supremacy.

In Wednesday’s 88-69 rout over the Philadephia 76ers, Hibbert had one of his best efforts in awhile with 18 points, 14 rebounds, five blocked shots and one assist.

What is especially impressive about this effort is it was the Pacers third game in three nights. In the NBA, it’s next to impossible to retain a certain level of focus and intensity for three straight game in three days. But Hibbert and his teammates pulled it off.

Hibbert credited the Pacers for being a veteran team and acting like one and and staying within their game plan.

For being a 7-foot-2 center, Hibbert took an uncharacteristic 20 shots, the most in any single game all season. He had the attitude that it was his turn to be the shooter.

He didn’t have a great percentage, 40, but he still got the job done. Hibbert should actually be taking the ball to the basket more often, considering that his free-throw shooting percentage of 72.3 for his career is not bad. His rebounding remains solid and in the past four games, he’s been cutting down on his turnovers.

Why have the Pacers won five straight? Take a look at Roy Hibbert to start the answering process. It’s also the reason why they could threaten for the Eastern Conference title.

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