By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on April 26, 2014
It seems like it is not going to happen in game 4, but at some point in this series head coach Frank Vogel is going to have to look elsewhere at the center position. Many analysts have pointed out in the last week that Hibbert's numbers have been little better than Hasheem Thabeet. Here are five reasons why they should look for help elsewhere in game 5.
This slide is easy. Here are the numbers so far for Roy Hibbert in this year's playoffs before game 4: 6.0 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 0 blocks per game, and 28% from the field. Pick any other center in the league and their numbers will probably not be that bad.
It is probably not all Roy Hibbert's fault, but it continues to hurt the team's chances to win when they force feed him down in the post and he does not deliver. He has not delivered for some time, and maybe they just need to play more towards a small-ball lineup in order to have a chance agains the uptempo Hawks.
If he gets benched for a game, then he might end up coming back in the next one with a stronger motivation to succeed. At this point, all he is doing is hurting the team, so we will have to see if there are any changes in the next couple games. The Pacers might only have a couple left in their season to be honest; so they better hurry.
Larry Bird recently called out Frank Vogel in the media, but it is also clear that the Legend has his head coach's back. If the Pacers get bounced early, then do not expect Vogel to be the one who takes the blame. I would anticipate the Pacers making a trade this offseason, and especially if they get trounced in round one.
At a certain point, there is no other center in the league who could be playing worse. Is Ian Mahinmi or Luis Scola really a worse option than Hibbert after everything we have seen in this series? At least those two are bringing something to the table at this point of the year.
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