Feed the big fella
Posted by Mike Wells
THE ` HOUSE - Roy Hibbert could have easily sat at his locker and gloated to the media about how he got the upper hand against Orlando All-Star center Dwight Howard in the Pacers' (surprising) seven-point victory over the Magic.
I wouldn't have blamed him if he did because it's not often that you get the best of a player of Howard's caliber.
That wasn't the big fella, though.
Hibbert sat surrounded by a handful of media folks and talked about how he wants to continue to get better.
"I'm just trying to be consistent," the second-year center said. "I can't have games where I play well against one guy and then two or three games where I don't play well. I have to be able to do it all the time and keep pushing myself. My teammates are pushing me."
That's what you like to hear from a young player like Hibbert when you think about the big picture.
Hibbert doesn't want to settle.
He'll have games where he struggles against some of the more athletic big men in the league, but at the same time, he'll continue to push himself to get better.
My guy Sunshine was pleading for me to mention that he told me before hand that Hibbert would have a good game against Howard.
Hibbert can score with either hand and he's doing a much better job of reading the defense and finding his teammates cutting to the basket.
"I've been working on scoring with my left and right, that gives me an advantage," he said. "I'm also seeing the court. I think when guys cut and move I can get them passes."
Mike Dunleavy said it best about what Hibbert can do in the post.
"He's a load down there," Dunleavy said. "If you're going to play behind him, I don't care who you are, he's 7-2, he's going to score. He's really got his confidence up and he's got his moves down.
"With the personnel we have right now, a lot of our guys out, he's a great option and it's working for us, so we're going to keep going to him."
Naptown Seth will be the guest blogger for Friday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Seth was the first one to say that the Pacers would end their losing streak against Minnesota last week.
Seth, who was nice enough to come up and introduce himself to me after the Orlando game, said he's going to blog about the state of the team.
We'll do more of these during the season.