Finishing up the weekly spotlight on Roy Hibbert as the Pacers are off for a few days before battling in Los Angeles against the Lakers. That should be quite the test for this Pacers team as they can’t seem to find their footing after winning a couple of games in a row. The Spurs brought a tough test to the Pacers last night, to which the team lost a late lead, and never recovered. Now the Pacers have to look for answers on a West coast trip that could really make or break this team early on.
With Roy Hibbert, he had a good week for the most part. There was the game in Washington D.C., where he put together 20 points and 12 rebounds. That’s probably what most fans expect out of Hibbert each game out. I don’t know if he can get that each time, but getting 12-15 points and 10 or more rebounds a game is going to help the Pacers out so much.
Then he put together a franchise record 11 blocks against the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night along with 10 points and 11 rebounds, his first career triple double. It showed that he can put together something special when things are clicking.
Perhaps the biggest thing that isn’t clicking is Hibbert’s shooting. Last night, he went for 5-18 against the Spurs. Shooting that low of a percentage isn’t helping his case to prove that he was worth the money that is now invested in him. He’s got to shot better, especially when he’s playing in that post area. If he’s got an offensive rebound, he needs to get right back to the basket. That should be easy points for him. But for whatever reason, he’s not shooting the ball well, and I think his confidence gets shaken for that.
I know it’s easy to say oh well he just needs to make shots, but that’s the type of player I’ve seen from Hibbert. His body language says so much about how he is playing. He needs to be the same emotion the whole way throughout, but maybe that’s not the type of player he can be. He is that guy that is going to show emotion and play with an intensity at times. He needs that on button for the whole game. If he misses a shot, go down on defense, and make up for it down there. If he’s going to the basket, be aggressive with his move and look for a good shot or the foul. Last night, he didn’t attempt one free throw, which I think is interesting with him playing so much in that post area.
These next four games out on the road trip, I am very interested to see how Roy Hibbert responds. Next week, our spotlight moves on to David West, a guy that has really stepped up in Danny Granger’s absence.