Indiana Pacers Need More Rebounds, Blocks From Roy Hibbert

By John Raffel
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Hibbert is too tall to have a small number of rebounds in a game.

The Indiana Pacers’  7-foot-2 center is having a decent rebounding season for the Pacers at almost eight boards a game along with 10.4 points.

He has the ability to get better numbers. Last season, he averaged 12.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots a game. His shot blocks per game is 1.8 this season. He especially takes pride in his improvement in that area.

Hibbert had a good scoring night in Sunday’s 105-91 NBA loss to the Miami Heat. He was 7-of-14 from the floor and kept the Heat honest inside.

Rebounding-wise, Hibbert only had four boards although there wasn’t a lot of boards out there this particular game. In the previous game, he only had two boards against the Orlando Magic, but the Pacers won by 29 points so it didn’t matter how many rebounds anyone had.

But against the Boston Celtics last week, it was vintage Roy Hibbert when he had six offensive and six defensive rebounds in an impressive performance. He scored 12 points but those boards were just as critical. He had no blocks against the Heat but recorded five against the Magic and six against the Celtics.

It’s the blocks and rebounds that make Hibbert an especially unique NBA player. For the rest of the regular season, he needs to turn up his rebounding and shot blocking machine by several notches. If he does that effectively, the Pacers should have a fun playoff run. But if he’s inconsistent, the Pacers might find the postseason to be a shorter one that they would prefer.

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