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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  45 responses

Roy Hibbert Leads Pacers to Game 4 Win vs Heat (VIDEO)

The Miami Heat had no answers for Roy Hibbert down on the low block — the Indiana Pacers big man finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, as the Pacers won 99-92 to even up the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.

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  • Dfrance

    Love what I’m seeing from Hibbert, he’s playing with so much confidence. I hope he can sustain it going forward.

  • i_ball

    In the ECF he is averaging double the PPG from the regular season. Miami is a perfect mach up for him it seems

  • Max

    Must be fun playing against opponents who are all 1 or 2 heads shorter than you.

  • Dfrance

    He was giving Chandler buckets too tho, lets not forget.

  • playa

    Memo to dwight, watch&learn,

  • Max

    lol, Dwight would score even more..
    Hibbert’s career high in ppg is .8 higher than Dwight had his rookie season.

  • Max

    Yeah, but 1 game of 24 points on 50% and 1 of 21 on 46% doesn’t come close to what he’s doing now, especially when you see he only had 21 in games 2, 4 and 5 combined.

  • Terry Border

    Yeah, can you believe they allow tall people to play basketball? No fair!

  • Dfrance

    Good point. I just think his success has more to do with him coming into his own than the lack of height the competition. He played against the same meager frontline during the regular season and only haveraged about 10 points.

  • Max

    Yeah no doubt he is playing with way more confidence.
    And I don’t know what happened during the regular season against the heat, I would expect him to at least drop 15 every game against them.

  • Bandwagonfan

    but his presence is more terrifying that dwight is . You kno im not lying cus im a heat fan. And what i thought when him doing good plays : “ah crap, him again. they gotta get rid of him.” defense and offense

  • pposse

    crucial game 5 next

  • Max

    That’s just BS.

  • Bandwagonfan

    im actually saying this . he can score on a simple way. dwight right now did to many fake (maybe cus hes injured). and i thought you need to insult me.because thats what im looking for here at the comment section.

  • Max

    What? lol
    You can’t tell me the Heat are more afraid of Hibbert destroying them than the Cavs were from Dwight.

  • berkamore

    Good for Roy Hibbert. He is finally realizing that the Heat (and most NBA teams for that matter) can’t guard him. He is 7-2 for chrissake.

    He is starting to do what I’ve felt he should have been doing all along. Just go to the block and stay there. I mean, he should LIVE between the imaginary line between the two blocks of the paint and the baseline. Get the ball, ONE dribble, power move to the basket. Over and over and over again, let’s see the Heat stop that. If he needs inspiration, let him look at some old tapes of Kevin McHale or Hakeem Olajuwon or even Shaq.

    One can rah rah about the Heat but they just don’t have the size to stop Hibbert. Plain and simple.

  • RayJr

    His post game interview was funny. With his intensity and adrenaline still going it was like he thought they were going to start game 5 then and there.

  • socraticsilence

    Yeah funny how if you build a team to be focused on the perimeter and don’t even bother to sign a big body because then you can’t flow and slash all game it comes back to haunt you. I mean who knew having a giant dude in the paint would screw up the Heat’s offense and that their huge winning streak was more a product of the league not having many good defensive (much less two way) big men than it was a sign that the Heat were one of the 5 best teams of all time.

    Don’t get me wrong when they’re doing well offensively and can slash and kick without either a huge big man (Hibbert) or a tall, elite athlete (Noah) inside they’re essentially unstoppable, the problem is that they’re not nearly as versatile as the other great teams of the past- even Jordan’s bulls had an interior stopper or a couple of big bodies to slow down a center.

  • socraticsilence

    I love Dwight, but his game doesn’t age well, he needs to add some finesse stuff because the athleticism is starting to fade and frankly that’s basically all he has (granted it was among the freakiest athleticism we’ve ever seen– up there with Lebron for this generation in terms of raw physical talent).

  • socraticsilence

    He’s good but he’s benefiting a ton from the fact that the Heat have a massive weakness that for some reason they didn’t even sign any vet minimum guys to act as stop gap big men and slow other teams down (admittedly it would slow Miami down as well and alter their spacing by clogging the lane)– Hibbert in this series is like that 7 footer on Duke or Carolina who puts up 10-12 a game during the regular season then goes off in the first two rounds of the dance because the schools he’s matched against play 6’8″ centers.

  • dannyb

    Spo should send in Greg Oden. Oh wait, that’s next year.

  • bike

    If Roy keeps that up the Heat are screwed. If I was Eric, I would actually consider putting LeBron on him for stretches. Birdman is no match at all.

  • Dfrance

    It’s not just that though, he played the same Heat team during the regular season and onlty averaged about 10 points. On the season thats his average, half the teams in the NBA have sub 7 foot centers so it’s not merely him just playing shorter guys. He’s had an epiphany.

  • RayJr

    That’s as funny as saying that Hibbert should try guarding Lebron.

  • Max

    So what?
    Dwight is a better offensive player than Hibbert, that’s all I’m saying.

  • Max

    In todays NBA it’s not as important to have one.
    And who should they have gone after?

  • berkamore

    Good point. That’s what people seem to forget about Jordan’s Bulls. Their interior defense was always VERY solid.

    As a matter of fact, when they lost to Orlando in ’95 (when Jordan played his half season coming back from baseball), people sometimes thought that it was because Jordan was rusty.

    There was some of that but Jordan also said that they needed somebody who could play solid D inside. They got Rodman (who played incredible defense on Shaq when the Bulls swept the Magic in ’96) and……….voila, three more championships.

  • playa

    I dont know man, dwight although not fully healthy was beyond horrible in my eyes offensively this year , he had 14 and 12 in 2 games vs heat , im not so sure he would deal with their quick defenders as well as Hibbert or even close to it. Hibbert is super slow in comparison but just got solid skills and is using them effectively ,which was a complete foreign concept to Howitzer this year.

  • guest

    You have made excellent points in all your comments today. Please stick around, we need a genuine philosopher around here

  • Sergio

    I didnt know the Pacers had signed 2004 Shaq to play center for them…

  • bike

    It is funny. But not quite as funny as playing Bosh like a shooting guard.

  • Max

    14 and 12 is still more than what Hibbert had against the Heat.
    But I also meant a healthy Dwight.
    He would just overpower Bosh/Haslem/Birdman I think.

  • Sean Whiting

    Honestly, why not Diop- he’s not good but he’s tall, the 76ers let that huge dude from FSU go this off-season and again he’s not good (like a 3-3 guy) but he was 7+ 260.

  • Sean Whiting

    Oh him and Paul George have stepped up a ton this post-season

  • Sean Whiting

    It could work if Lebron solely focused on ball denial, I mean he’s quicker and he’s not too much weaker, not sure what he’s supposed to do if Hibbert gets the ball in position though.

  • Max

    I think they rather have Shane Battier or Ray Allen on the court and go small and just get beat on the inside instead of someone like that lol

  • Junior Taylor

    You continue to amaze us all with your ability to make foolish statements…..bravo

  • LeroyShonuff

    This comment would make sense if Wade didn’t die. Then you could place Bron on Hibbert for a good run and let Wade run the offense. Yet Wade is died so that theory is a no-no. Bron would be great on ball denials and quickness

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Miami is not losing this series and it’s not just any big man beating them on the inside… It’s an All-Star big man. Indiana just happens to match-up quite well with Miami due to this advantage… Most teams don’t.

    However, once in the finals Timmy D. will destroy the Heat’s frontline.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    You’re right. Dwight is definitely better offensively. Just having more post moves doesn’t make you better, if you aren’t actually scoring as much or as efficiently… Luis Scola is not a better scorer than Amare Stoudemire.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Rodman is not any random “big body” like Socrates is arguing. The Bulls had terrible “big bodies” for the most part. Rodman just happened to be one of the best defensive players in the history of the game.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Thats a whole different story lol.

  • Max

    Yeah I didn’t really understand what you were saying in your last comment.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Sorry just angry at my driver for fckin ur mom

  • Max

    Ok.

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