Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert’s Stats Reveal Lack Of Effort vs. Toronto Raptors


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Very few people would have imagined that the Indiana Pacers would leave the Air Canada Centre with a 13-point loss, but the Toronto Raptors took full advantage of a Pacers team that overlooked them. Their win over the Eastern Conference leading Pacers, gives the Raptors a .500 record and a 2.5 game lead over the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division. The Raptors are supposed to be rebuilding after trading Rudy Gay, but this team appears to be poised to host a playoff game.

The Raptors held Indiana to their lowest scoring output of the season, because Paul George struggled in his matchup with Terrence Ross and DeMar DeRozan. Only three Pacers players reached double figure scoring numbers, and it was a tough night overall for Indiana. Every player in the league will have a tough time making shots from time to time, but there is another stat that should be alarming to the Pacers as a team.

Roy Hibbert seems to have lost interest in rebounding over the course of the Pacers’ last three games, and that is inexcusable for a player his size. Hibbert has secured just 5, 2 and 3 rebounds in his past three games respectively, and the Pacers absolutely need him to do a better job cleaning the glass going forward.

In many ways, it seems like the recent success of the Pacers has gone to Hibbert’s head, and he has neglected his rebounding responsibilities. If Indiana wants to continue to be considered in the championship conversation, then Hibbert needs to fight for rebounds the same way he did before he entered the elite post player conversation.

Hibbert only played 21 minutes for the game, but he should be able to grab more than three rebounds in his sleep. Obviously, this is a recent trend as Hibbert averages 8.3 rebounds per game, but this is something to keep an eye on going forward.

Damein Fitzgerald is a New York Knicks writer for Follow him on Twitter @dame8585,  “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • raptorstand

    I love it , the Rudy Gay conspiracy theory is still being repeated out there. For anybody who cares ,Toronto traded a big black hole that played hog ball and was being paid 19 million to do it, we acquired three players that are playing outstanding off the bench ball for our starters who have an average age of 24. We have went 9-3 since with two losses to San Antonio and a buzzer beater to Charlotte.

  • apalialy

    Could it also be that the Pacer team as a whole have many players that also rebound well?!?! For a Team that outrebounds opponents at a high %, it’s an indication that the team has a strong focus on rebounding. I don’t necessarily think that Hibbert is “lacking effort” in rebounding.

    • Damein Fitzgerald

      I don’t think there is an excuse for a seven footer grabbing so few rebounds against a team that doesn’t shoot a high percentage.

  • Damein Fitzgerald

    The Pacers were seriously out rebounded in that game, and it starts and ends with Roy Hibbert as the center. Plus he hasn’t really rebounded well in recent games either.