Roy Hibbert's Poor Shooting Doesn't Help Indiana Pacers

By John Raffel
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Hibbert is coming off a 25-point, 10-rebound performance Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Yet, it may have been one of his poorest NBA performances of the season.

Hibbert and his Indiana Pacers needed to hit more shots. They lost 98-91 to the Sixers and have now lost two in a row and three of their last four and four of their last six. If Hibbert was shooting better, he could have had 40 points. He was 9-of-26, which is extremely poor and only by shooting a decent 7-of-8 from the free-throw line was he able to get his 25 points.

His poor shooting was contagious for the team which was 34-of-88 for 38 percents. The Sixers were 39-of-79 for 49.4 percent. The number of shots attempted obviously doesn’t go on the scoreboard.

Hibbert was 3-of-12 the previous night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The sting of that loss obviously carried over into Saturday’s game. The schedule maker is no factor for the Pacers.

Give Hibbert credit for being aggressive and going to the basket. But he nor his teammates can be in the type of shooting funk they were in the other night.

They have 16 regular season games remaining and need to keep pushing to secure that No. 2 spot in the NBA East behind the Miami Heat.

The Pacers need Hibbert to play like he did last week against the Minnesota Timberwolves with 10-of-15 shooting for 27 points and 12 rebounds. Hopefully, there will be more games like this. If there are, the Pacers have a better chance of threatening for the NBA title.

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