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Roy Hibbert hit yet another low in Friday's loss to the Heat, scoring just five points on 2-of-7 shooting with one rebound and two blocks in 34 minutes.
Hibbert looks slow and out of shape. How anybody would talk about him as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate is beyond us when the real question in Indy is whether or not he should cede big-time minutes to mediocre Ian Mahinmi. Feel free to cut him for a hot free agent.
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Lance Stephenson said Roy Hibbert looked much better in Thursday's practice following Wednesday's rest vs. the Bucks
"We felt good. Everybody was dunking. Roy was dunking! Roy don't normally dunk in practice," Stephenson said. "Roy dunking in practice is like a big plus." Hibbert has looked very slow and his offensive arsenal has dissipated since his hot start, so it's at least somewhat encouraging he's feeling better. That said, how else are the Pacers going to respond? It does seem like a "desperate times call for desperate measures" move by coach Frank Vogel to rest his entire starting five on Wednesday and only time will tell how it works out. The Pacers play travel to Miami for a huge game on Friday.
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Roy Hibbert (rest) will not play vs. Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Hibbert was benched for the second half of Sunday's game because he looked "worn down," and Pacers coach Frank Vogel has since given his starters two days off practice in addition to Wednesday's mass benching. Hibbert averaged a mere 4.6 rebounds during a busy month of March, to go along with 9.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting, so hopefully the days off will have the desired effect. Ian Mahinmi will start vs. the Bucks, but Hibbert will return to action on Friday.
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If the Indiana Pacers' season wasn't already weird enough, the starters were given the day off on Tuesday, while the reserves went through a normal practice.
Maybe this has happened before, but we're not aware of it. Roy Hibbert is actually at practice and watching in street clothes, while the no-namers do work on the court. If there was already dissension amongst teammates, it would make sense that the bench players might be angry that they had to work today while the regulars got a day off. The Pacers collapse has been pretty epic thus far, but we may not have seen the worst of it yet. Especially if they end up losing in the first round of the playoffs.
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Pacers coach Frank Vogel suggested that he benched Roy Hibbert for the second half on Sunday because the starting center "looked worn down."
"I considered resting Roy before tonight's game because he looks worn down," Vogel said, before repeating the phrase a few more times for emphasis. Paul George suggested that the benching was matchup-based, as Hibbert had a tough time following Pero Antic around the perimeter, but either way Hibbert looked upset and distant while sitting at the end of the Pacers' bench. He should resume his usual role vs. Zaza Pachulia and the Bucks on Wednesday, but after Sunday's meltdown we'll be keeping a very close eye on Indy's rotations.
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Roy Hibbert passed a concussion test after an injury to his neck on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, three boards, three assists and two blocks.
He hurt himself in the first quarter and still was able to get a decent chunk of playing time. Hibbert has really looked lost on offense and now the team has a legitimate reason to sit him to get ready for the playoffs. Interestingly, the Pacers don't have a single back-to-back set the rest of the way.
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Roy Hibbert (neck) returned to action for the second half of Wednesday's game against the Pistons.
Hibbert gave the Pacers a scare when he went to the locker room following a hard foul from Charlie Villanueva. But he started the second half and tossed in a jump hook early on. Hibbert shouldn't be affected going forward.
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Roy Hibbert (sore neck) went to the locker room in the first quarter after a fall while posting up Charlie Villanueva on Wednesday and is questionable to return.
Villanueva was charged with a flagrant-1 foul and Hibbert laid on the ground for a couple minutes. He was shaking his hands quite a bit, so his sore neck may have affected his arms. The good news is that he did shoot the free throws. Stay tuned. Ian Mahinmi would step in should Hibbert miss time.
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Roy Hibbert scored 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting (5-of-6 FTs) with seven rebounds and zero steals or blocks in the Pacers' 103-77 loss to the Spurs on Monday.
Hibbert's line is extremely misleading as he was manhandled on both sides of the floor and many of his makes looked like desperation heaves. The bottom line is that this team is a total mess and their fantasy value will be on a string (unlike their defense). George Hill stood and watched to a fault and finished with seven points, zero assists, one block and one three, and David West avoided contact and had seven points, eight rebounds, and no steals or blocks. Lance Stephenson was the least terrible of them with 15 points, three treys, three boards and three assists, and Paul George looked lost but dominated the ball with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting, six boards, five assists, three steals and a three.
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Roy Hibbert said after Friday's loss that the Pacers have "some selfish dudes" on their team, and he lamented his team's lack of ball movement.
"We've got to move the ball," Hibbert said. "I'm really trying hard not to spaz out right now, but I don't know ... I'm not handling the rock ... It directly affects me and the bigs. We're just out there and it makes us look bad." His complaint is supported by the Pacers' 26th-ranked assist-to-turnover ratio, and they failed to crack 90 points for the fourth time in five games on Sunday in a loss to the Cavaliers. Miami is now within one game of Indy the East's best record, and the Pacers face a tough matchup with the scorching Spurs on Monday.