7 Days Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert's training with mixed martial arts helped him to prepare for this season.
Hibbert became "stronger and more nimble with the help of the M.M. A. workouts and a nutritionist" during the offseason. "My touch came back," Hibbert said after his early-season struggles. "It helped me out playing defense." Hibbert is coming off of a monster double-double and is the key to the Pacers stalwart defense this year.
9 Days Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert dominated Game 3 with a playoff career-high 24 points and 12 boards, including eight offensive, as the Pacers took a 2-1 series lead vs. the Knicks.
Hibbert thought the Pacers were "timid" in Game 2 and he set the tone tonight with confident, aggressive play at both ends of the court. He has learned to avoid silly foul trouble, his post game has vastly improved, and he's easily outplaying reigning DPOY Tyson Chandler in the second round, averaging 14.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in three games vs. the Knicks. Indiana will look to take a commanding lead with a Game 4 win on Tuesday.
15 Days Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert blocked six shots in a Game 1's 102-95 win over the Knicks, while adding 14 points, five boards and four assists on 6-of-9 shooting.
Hibbert owned the paint on defense and the Knicks rarely got any easy buckets in halfcourt sets. Hibbert blocked just 1.5 shots in his four games against the Knicks this season, which is the second lowest average among Eastern Conference teams, so this was a surprising outburst. If Hibbert stays out of foul trouble, the Knicks will have a tough time getting uncontested short-range shots.
21 Days Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert shot 6-of-11 from the field for 14 points with seven boards, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes during Game 4's 102-91 loss in Atlanta.
He made just three field goals on Saturday and was better on the offensive side of the ball tonight. Although, Hibbert did commit five fouls and the Hawks went right at the Pacers tonight. David West had an off night and might not be healthy, shooting 5-of-14 from the field for 15 points with six boards and two assists. The Pacers will travel back home for Game 5 on Wednesday.
23 Days Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert failed to score in the first half of Saturday's ugly 90-69 loss to the Hawks, finishing with eight points, nine boards and two blocks in 24 minutes.
Indiana was terrible in this game and they're now up just 2-1 in the series. They shot 27.2 percent from the field, made just four of their 25 3-point attempts, turned the ball over 22 times and had just 10 assists as a team tonight. Of the 13 players that took part in today's game, none of them shot over 50 percent from the field. Frank Vogel might want to burn this game tape after getting down 13 points at the end of the first and never finding their rhythm. The Pacers will look to rebound in Game 4 on Monday.
25 Days Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert referred to a game in December where he had no points and one rebound as "probably the lowest I've ever been in my career."
Hibbert struggled mightily for most of the season after signing a max extension as a restricted free agent, but he turned it around after the All-Star break with averages of 15.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks on 50.8 percent shooting. By comparison, Hibbert averaged 10 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks on a lousy 41.4 percent shooting in the first half of the season. Hibbert also began seeing the Pacers team psychologist and acknowledged to previously internalizing things that bothered him, but he's got an improved outlook and confirmed his right hand/wrist injury that he dealt with earlier in the season is not an issue.
29 Days Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert scored 16 points in Sunday's easy 107-90 Game 1 win over the Hawks, while adding eight boards, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.
He shot 7-of-17 from the field and led the team in attempts today. Hibbert was creative with some spinning post moves and his offense in the second half of the season was terrific, shooting 50.8 percent in that span. On the other hand, Hibbert's defensive presence is what makes Indiana the heavy favorite against the Hawks in the first round.