Roy Hibbert's Shot Blocking Major Plus for Indiana Pacers

By John Raffel
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Hibbert is as much responsible as anyone on the Indiana Pacers roster for the team’s current three-game winning streak.

His shot blocking in recent games is making opponents very tentative in what they do offensively. He’s currently the third best shot blocker in the NBA and has been a terror inside for the opposition in recent games.

It’s another weapon for the Pacers to use in their bid for an NBA title

Hibbert’s presence in the middle gives the Pacers a major edge when it comes  to having domination inside the paint. His mere presence, whether or not he gets the basket or rebound, means so much for Indiana.

That factor has been well demonstrated in recent games. Hibbert has been playing as well as anybody on the team.

In 21 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Hibbert was 4-of-7 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. But his biggest stat was seven blocked shots. He also scored 11 points. The Pacers netted a huge win and Hibbert was instrumental in many areas.

Earlier last week in a 111-90 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hibbert had five blocks and was 4-of-10 from the floor for 12 points.

His blocks per game is at 2.7 this season compared to a career average of 1.8 per game. It’s been his best season in blocks although he did have 2.0 per game a year ago. There haven’t been many games when Hibbert hasn’t had a block and he’s been steady during this month. When the playoffs come, Hibbert’s shot blocking skills will definitely come in handy.

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