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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 11:35 am  |  81 responses

Roy Hibbert Says the Pacers Will Stop Miami’s Three-Peat

In a chat with Grantland during the All-Star break in NOLA, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert talked about his burning desire to halt the Miami Heat’s march to a third straight title. When asked about his confidence about dethroning the defending champs, Hibbert held his ground. Per the Indy Star:

“I want to beat those guys so bad. They’re talking about three-peating. Nah, we’re going to stop that.” And he wasn’t backing down on Tuesday while back in Indianapolis.

“That’s what we’re here to do. This team is built to have a long playoff run and if we do what we’re supposed to do and we see Miami, I think we’re built better for a seven-game series,” Hibbert said before the Indiana Pacers faced the Atlanta Hawks.

Though Hibbert has silenced his public stance on winning the Defensive Player of the Year award, he has no problems in boasting his high expectations for the team. Even if his quote can be used against him in Miami for motivation.

“I was just asked,” Hibbert said, explaining his strong words. “I’m sure if you ask anybody in the East, they want to stop the Heat from winning a three-peat, too. We’re doing everything we can, we’re working but there are other teams we have to worry about first. The Heat’s a very good team so we have to do what we’re supposed to do first.”

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  • LLC#12

    Their whole team talks far too much.

  • Pike

    “We’re going to stop that”. That’s a flat out declaration from a player who has never been to the Finals. Do the Pacers have a great chance? Of course they do. However, that type of statement only gets respect from dude’s with Finals appearances under their belts. Simmer down, PG. Simmer down.

  • Enigmatic

    I was going to say the exact same thing. Confidence is one thing, but damn if this isn’t one of the cockiest teams in a while.

  • Ike Burner

    Cocky but haven’t done anything yet. Brag only when you have something significant to brag about. They make the kinds of statements that a team should make 3-4 months from now.

  • fruizm

    RH

  • LakeShow

    So many people hating on the Pacers.

    And why?

    Because they are asked questions and answer them honestly and exactly how you or I would.

    What would you say if someone asked you if your squad is going to dethrone the champs?

    “No.”
    “We’ll try our hardest.”
    “Lord willing.”
    “Maybe.”

    I would say “F*ck ya, were going to stop the three-peat.” But I guess you all like boring politically correct answers.

  • shockexchange

    As a kid the Shock Exchange exclaimed, “After hundreds of attempts, I’m finally gonna steal Lola Falana away from Steve McQueen.” He put a message in a bottle and … uh … WOMP.

  • http://about8040.com EjEj858

    It’s gonna be a hell of an ECF… unless Oden can play 20 good minutes or the Heat make an impact trade.. Indy got that in 6.. I’m cool with Dwanye Wade but you can’t trust his health..

  • pposse

    I hope the Pacers slip to the 2 seed and the bulls leap to the 3 seed and beat these panzies in the second round

  • http://about8040.com EjEj858

    Bulls don’t want see Indy…SMH

  • http://about8040.com EjEj858

    don’t want to see Indy

  • whynot?

    -Roy Hibbert says that the Pacers will beat the Heat in a 7-game series: 2012.
    -Roy Hibbert says that the Pacers will out duel the Heat in a 7-game series: 2012.
    -Roy Hibbert says….wait, wait, wait….I’m tired of reading the same script over and over. You either put up or shut up. That was equally applicable to Lebron shortly before his first title. I’m starting to think that the Pacers are creating a vain show in which they are yearly attempting to see who will be cozened by it.

  • whynot?

    2013*

  • playa
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    ♚♚♚ �♚♚♚ ♚♚♚� ♚♚♚ ♚♚♚”We’re going to stop that”. That’s a flat out declaration from a player who has never been to the Finals.

  • Fat Lever

    “I’m sure if you ask anybody in the East, they WANT to stop the Heat from winning a three-peat, too.” is a big difference from “They’re talking about three-peating. Nah, we’re going to stop that.”

    I like the confidence, but what has Indiana accomplished to this point? Nothing. Just focus on the games ahead of you and if you do what you’re supposed to(as does Miami), then you can prove yourself then.

  • Caboose

    “Cockiest teams in a while”

    Does the first year of Miami’s superteam count?

  • JJ Jones

    More like dwades knees will stop them from three peating. But seriously what else is he going to say?

  • Enigmatic

    “*One of the cockiest teams in a while.” That first year Miami team would be another one, yeah.

  • guest

    word. especially since everyone is so buddy buddy in the league. im not saying they should hate each other but did you see paul george and john wall dancing together at the dunk competition? and dudes are always giggling and tweeting each other and sh*t.

    its a long way from bird walking into the locker room at the 3pt competition and saying “which one of you is gonna take second?”.

  • bike

    I don’t consider his words all that strong. What he should have said was, in a thick Dolph Lundgren accent, is ‘we will crush them. We will crush LeBron and the Heat. We will crush their organization. And we will eat their children. And then we will burn Miami to the ground.”

  • Slim reaper

    The pacers look like a younger heat right now

  • Dizzie_D

    I dont really have anyone in this match-up, but it feels like the Lakers and Celtics in 86 when everyone was waiting for their meeting, then LA took their eye off the ball against Houston. Pacers are so focused on the Heat, I wonder if it could happen again?

  • LakeShow

    Sure they haven’t “done anything” but who has before they do?

    Their season speaks louder than they do:

    #1 ranked defense

    1st in point deferential
    Lowest amount of points scored in the paint allowed
    They allow the 2nd fewest assists
    #1 at causing turnovers
    Hold opponents to lowest FG% in the L.
    2nd best at guarding the 3 pointer
    #1 in opponents total FG’s made
    They allow the fewest offensive rebounds
    2nd highest win total

  • Happy

    All of that awesome. But we all know the regular season and the real season are two different things. The Bulls knew that when they were dominating the regular season. I love their confidence. I love their current reg season dominance, but they’re doing more talking than the 2 time reigning champs. So yeah, they still haven’t “done anything” yet.

  • LakeShow

    Agreed.

  • Shooting Guard

    Good point, but they sure talk alot

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    sometimes we take emotional words much too literal, he sort of clarified his train of thought,

    “I’m sure if you ask anybody in the East, they want to stop the Heat from winning a three-peat, too”

    .
    key word in there being “want”
    .
    he doesn’t seem to me to be predicting they will definitely stop them. he’s clearly not afraid of them which is great, nothing to see here imo.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you can edit your comment, so you don’t have to do the * replies

  • whynot?

    *You can edit your comment, but you have option to do the * replies.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    …..i don’t see the point but sure, my bad for trying to help

  • whynot?

    lol, I just was playing around.

  • danpowers

    the worst thing that could happen to him now would be to get hurt ürior to the series and watch his team go down. its really a bit too early to come up with talk like that. still, i dont get all the criticism on these pacers being self confident. they got dangerous for the heat already and really look like a team that should be feared by anyone with title aspirations.

  • 2chainz

    if Miami did the same thing with Lebron 4 years ago when he was ringless would you still be saying the same thing…DOUBT IT.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha you’d be surprised how many people don’t notice the edit option

  • Busta213

    Lol, so many people on this site seem to hate players having opinions. I watched the interview, and I thought Hibbert came across very well. Not brash or arrogant – just a young guy who really wants to succeed.

  • LakeShow

    No. I wouldn’t.

    But then again they had a weird lil dance celebration talking about how they were going to win a half dozen + rings before they had a training camp after LeBron left his hometown city to play in the tropical climate of Miami teaming up with two future HOF’ers. **Gasps for air**

  • JJ Jones

    Fear

  • JJ Jones

    Funny how peoe keep forgetting this

  • JJ Jones

    They were one vogel mistake in game 1 from beating the heat in 6 yet everyone acts like roy hibbert committed a federal crime. So instead of dick riding miami why dont someof you actually give a legit reason for him not to believe what he said besides the tired cliche ” theyre the champs”!

  • JJ Jones

    Took the heat to the brink twice with a much weaker team the past two years.

  • 2chainz

    Yea I agree it was in bad taste but that just makes the legacy of Lebron more intriguing so we can look back on this and say wow those were the days.

  • LakeShow

    LOL, however you want to see it man.

  • JayD

    People hate on LBJ/Kobe/etc. as well for the same thing. This isn’t exclusive to the Pacers.

  • JayD

    Cleveland isn’t his hometown… Anyways plenty of greats have teamed up with HOFers

  • robb

    well said

  • JL

    Nah people love opinions, that’s why they comment the heck out of it.

  • 2chainz
  • :/ ayyeeee

    How else can they when the only way to stop the Heat three peating when the only series they will play them in is the ECF? You can’t stop the Heat in the FInals cause they’re both in the Eastern Conference, Roy never being in the finals is irrelevant as both the pacer sn heat are in the same Conference. Roy has been in the ECF where they DO play the Heat so… yeah, I think you may mean ECF, not finals

  • Biggggg in here

    I respect raw honesty, so I respect this team.
    Miss me with that P.C. bs.

  • Happy

    Why don’t you check some more telling facts? The Heat have 3 more road wins than the Pacers. The Heat have a 14-4 record against teams above .500. The Pacers have an 11-8 record against teams above .500. I agree that the Pacers have greatly improved and have a great chance to dethrone the Heat, but you’re overly excited about the wrong things. Lastly, the Pacers got SMACKED in game 7. Don’t selectively point out things in that series that help your point when you forget the most important one, the emphatic loss as the final outcome.

  • JJ Jones

    I already said all of that in another article that wasnt my point. My point is why are people acting like what is said is so far fetched. Dwyane wade doesnt look good this year and besides their 11-9 record against .500 teams doesnt wont matter when u consider that theyre a bad match up for miami anyway. They might lose.the number 1 seed with lebron playing like a man possessed lately but that doesnt change the fact that wade looks physically worse.this year and all of their role players aging. I think its funny that u dont mention how a lot of their losses came on back to backs those wont be there in the playoffs

  • JJ Jones

    Also this isnt just.about indiana improving but dwyane wades continued regression if he fails to play at an all star level well indianas chances loook pretty good with or without home court

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    True, this is the only issue they have outside of the inconsistency of their offense

    26-5 against teams under .500 (83% win %)
    15-8 against teams over .500 (65% win %)

  • Happy

    No one is acting like it’s so far fetched. That’s your straw man argument for jumping the gun and exaggerating, as usual. I didn’t see where you pointed out those things in another article, but I’ve already learned to take all of your comments with a grain of salt anyway. Yes Miami is aging, because that’s what humans do. And with aging comes experience, like 3 previous Finals experiences. Yes Wade is hobbled. He’s been injury prone the past few seasons. You have no precedent for him not showing up in the playoffs, so you and the rest of the world will have to wait and see come playoff time. I’m not going to go back and forth with you because it’s pointless.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    im coming for you lennox, lennox is alexander? NO, im alexander. im jack dempsey, im sonny liston, im from their cloth. im in defensible, i want your heart, i want to eat your children.

    damn i love mike

  • JJ Jones

    Read my comments in todays post up article. And again address what ive been asking why was roy hibbert wrong in what he said. U keepnclaiming that I.over exaggerate but u never seem to have a legit argument as to why im.wrong. I would love.to hear it

  • LakeShow

    Name the greats that when entering their prime changed teams and teamed up with two other prime payers? (one of which had already been a Finals MVP)

    And to the Clev/Akron debate. The fact is that most people consider the largest city near where they live to be their “hometown.” You don’t have to be born there. He was born half an hour away from Cleveland.

  • JayD

    Who cares if he changed teams… The end result is the same he teamed up with HOFers just like many greats before him.

    Saying he should stay with a crappy team and management in CLE is just idiotic. It isn’t a coincidence that the all time great teams like the LAL and Bulls had Phil Jackson. Not someone like Mike Brown.

    It isn’t a coincidence that LAL/Celtics continually win championships. It takes a lot more than being a great superstar to win. Only an idiot would think otherwise. MJ was great but didn’t become a champion until they got Phil Jackson and Pippen. Putting faith in CLE to turn things around would have been a disaster as we can see today…

    For some reason dumb asses think all you need is a great superstar to win a championship…

    MJ played on a stacked team with HOFers. Heck when he left they still won 55 games. That wasn’t even the most stacked Bulls roster too. That was before they got even better later with Rodman added and eventually went 72-10 when MJ returned. Magic played with Kareem who was a Finals MVP. Kobe played with Shaq who was Finals MVP.

    Anyways to try and say the Wade that LBJ plays with now is the same Wade that won Finals MVP just makes you look like an idiot…

    It is clear that you are just trying to look for any excuse to hate LBJ.

  • LakeShow

    Did you not understand the part where I said “NAME THEM”?

    You wasted so much time typing up nothing…

  • JayD

    Is reading hard? I did name all time greats that played with HOFers and Finals MVPs… I also commented that it really doesn’t matter how it happens the end result is the same.

    Typing and forming coherent arguments may be difficult for you but for me it is very easy for myself. It is a reflection based on the way we think…

  • LakeShow

    Comprehension is key.

    Who did MJ leave to team up with? KB? Bird? Magic? Russel? Kareem? Answer is: none of them did.

  • JayD

    “Comprehension is key.”

    Agreed, try reading my comment again. It would have been stupid for LBJ to not leave. Again the end result is the same. The all time greats had plenty of help in achieving their rings. Who cares if they didn’t leave…

    Just sounds like you are hating on LBJ because he wasn’t drafted by the Lakers/Bulls/Celts. In fact by insinuating that he shouldn’t leave you are saying the front office and management at the Cavs is on par with those great teams.

    That isn’t even laughable at best it is idiotic… and you are a laker fan. smh… If anybody, you should appreciate and recognize the greatness of a winning organization.

  • LakeShow

    If LeBron is as great as we think he is, he could make any player WANT to come play on his team. He should have stayed home and brought player to him like the rest of the greats. Difference of opinion. Peace.

  • JayD

    Nope it takes a great organization to attract players… Lebron was in CLE for years and you can see they failed to get the necessary coach and team mates to succeed.

    Again saying that it is all the superstar’s doing is discounting the greatness of a winning organization… So the LAL organization had no part in the 16 championships? Pat Riley and Phil Jackson did nothing? How stupid can you be?

    There is a vast difference between people like Phil Jackson/Pat Riley and Mike Brown…

    Are you a Lakers fan or LBJ hater? It is no coincidence LAL are continually great… Most people would agree that they can see LAL/Bulls/Celts becoming championship contenders before the Cavs. Cavs have been rebuilding since LBJ left…

    Not a difference of opinion at all… You are just an idiot. I support my opinion with facts and logic. Yours is all opinion. You are willing to discount your own team to diss LBJ… It is sad.

    Yeah peace out because you know your opinion is not only stupid it is dead wrong.

  • LakeShow

    The Bulls were a “great” organization before Jordan got there?

    Were the Heat before Wade arrived?

    **Insert personal attack**

  • JayD

    The Bulls were great when Phil Jackson arrived that should be obvious.

  • JayD

    How were the Heat not great? They had Pat Riley. He is a legend just like Phil Jackson. Do you even know any history of the game?

  • LakeShow

    Jordans success was because of Phil? First I’ve heard of that.

    Phil arrived in 1987 two years after Jordan was drafted…

    Interesting POV

  • JayD

    MJ’s success was enabled because the Bulls got the right pieces and an amazing coach. The year after Phil came they won the championship. He isn’t known as the greatest coach for nothing…

    I know you think superstars do everything but this is actually a team game. I think even MJ wouldn’t say he did it alone.

    Also Phil arrived in 89 4 years after MJ was drafted. Before that they had Doug Collins.

  • JayD

    Seriously Phil has 11 championships as a coach and Pat Riley has 7 as a coach and GM… You think that is just luck. That they had no part in that?

  • LakeShow

    A part.

  • LakeShow

    No he was an assistant in 87. So he “arrived” with all his magical powers in 87.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    1989 actually

  • JayD

    There is a difference between calling the shots and deferring look at Tom Thibbs. Teams usually take on the personality of their Head Coaches/Superstars.

  • JayD

    MJ arrived with his in 87 as well. Won MVP and DPOY. Still couldn’t get past the pistons until Phil Jackson became head coach.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they did recruit to Cleveland. Nobody was willing to go there. The straw that broke the camel’s back in fact was Chris Bosh refusing to play for Cleveland. He was Danny Ferry’s last ditch effort to keep LeBron.
    .
    and no, no matter how good a player is, other players aren’t going to hurt their individual career to play in a place like Cleveland. It’s the same reason Kareem left for LA. It’s the same reason Magic refused to come out unless LA had the top pick. It’s the same reason Wilt left to team up with Jerry West. You go to a big market if you want to win consistently. And that’s the way it has always been.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Phil Jackson didn’t even meet Tex Winter until 1989, his time as an assistant was irrelevant, he wasn’t making changes yet, he was learning how to coach.

  • LakeShow

    So they were both assistant coaches on the Bulls two year prior to the point they actually met… Hmmm…

  • 2chainz

    But here are some PPG stats that you should consider from the 2013 ECF:

    Miami Starters: 73.1 Indiana Starters: 80.0
    Miami Bench: 22.3 Indiana Bench: 11.4

    The Pacers have a much improved bench now so lets see what happens this time around even though Im still rolling with LEBRON.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah I could be wrong, and if so that’s where the gap closes for sure, good point

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