INDIANAPOLIS -- Suddenly, no one is talking about Roy Hibbert being a head case, or the the 7-2 center for the Indiana Pacers being some sort of mental midget. The way he has played after a rough start to the series with the Wizards, he's getting the last laugh.
"I don't need to score points. Just be active, try to affect the game on both ends," he said after Tuesday morning's shootaround, before a possible close-out Game 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "I'm happy that we're in this position."
The key to winning the last three games has been defending Nene or Marcin Gortat as both have had miserable performances in the last two games. It also has been the help defense from the bigs such as Hibbert and David West to keep John Wall away from the rim. When the Wizards went up 55-38 at halftime of Game 4, Wall engineered 18 points in transition. When they ended up losing 95-92 in the end, they had zero open-court points in the second half.
"They got a lot of fast-break points last game. Our main thing is to try to keep two people, a guard and a big, loaded up to him and make sure things are tough for him at the basket, in transition," Hibbert said. "Also load to shooters as well. He's been doing a good job finding shooters."
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The Pacers have successfully confused Nene and Gortat with their coverages, too.
"We just trying to switch things up, switch matchups up between myself and David, not give them a steady flow of offensive and defensive threats," Hibbert said. "But I expect them to have a good game tonight."