Hibbert wants the ball in a better position
THE `BURBS – Roy Hibbert is usually his worst critic when it comes to his play.
But Hibbert changed things up – to the surprise of some media members – when he talked about his 3-of-12 performance against the Bulls in Game 3.
“I’m not getting (the ball) where I want it,” he said. “I don’t want to shoot jump shots. I want to get it in the paint, get it on the block. We’re running other stuff.”
Hibbert’s comments made me go back and look at the play sheet.
The big fella took nine shots from within 10 feet of the basket.
Hibbert was asked about some of the shots he missed closed to the basket.
That’s when his tone changed.
“I need to get in a rhythm,” Hibbert said. “It’s on me.”
Hibbert has a right to be upset because he hasn’t had a memorable series. There were a couple times Thursday where you could tell he was frustrated because he wasn’t getting touches.
It didn’t help that he spent most of the game in foul trouble.
Hibbert’s shooting 38 percent (10-of-26) from the field.
The Pacers have to get something out of Hibbert in the post if they expect to extend the series to a Game 5.
The same can be said about Tyler Hansbrough.
He went from dominating Carlos Boozer in Game 1 to now being a non-factor.
Hansbrough is 5-of-24 from the field in the past two games.
I’m surprised Frank Vogel stuck with him instead of giving Josh McRoberts more minutes on Thursday.