Pacers steal one from Lakers in LA
It feels good lol. The Pacers beat Miami in Miami and now LA in LA. First win in LA since 1999.
Roy Hibbert was GREAT tonight and outplayed Pau *significantly*. He had 24, 12 and 6.
Kobe had 41 points, but needed 33 shots. Brandon Rush played him tough defensively. Kobe led a strong comeback in the third quarter, but missed a game tying three at the end of regulation to send it into overtime. He took a long three point attempt when he had at least a couple of more seconds to get closer.
The Pacers were a terrible road team last season, so it's good to see this. It's early, but I really feel the Pacers will be a playoff team. IF they stay healthy, I see no reason why they can't grab the 6th - 8th seed.
Is anyone else surprised at how good of a player Roy Hibbert has become? When he was at Georgetown I never thought he'd be putting up the numbers he is now. Even tonight he played great against quality big men.
I'm not surprised at all. He's always been great in the low post, very skilled and a very good passer. It's always been about endurance and aggressiveness with him.
He's in the best shape of his life right now, being aggressive and has the confidence of his teamamtes and coaches. He's going to have a very nice season. Granger is still the top option, but when the Pacers run their offense through Hibbert, they're more successful.
oh cmon now! if you thought jumbo roy woulda been this productive in the L than u would not be posting here you would have a job in a front office 4 an nba team
Watched the second half on LPBB, was rooting for the Pacers to pull off the upset. Got a little bit worried when Kobe started heating up, but Rush did a great job defending him. TJ Ford had some great minutes down the stretch. While the win was nice, Pacers really struggled to execute offensively in the 4th; it was their great D which kept them in the game because they were missing a tonne of open looks.
Hibbert was looking pretty tired for some of the 4th, let's hope he can stay fit enough to close out games. All credit to Roy for improving his game, but Bynum's presence would have been a big factor in quelling Hibbert's production tonight.
All in all, great to see the Lakers drop a game in the Staples Center, and the Pacers get the W.
It was a good game. I'm glad to see the Pacers doing well.
But something was missing...
Needs more Jeff Foster.
When he comes back, there will be no stopping the Pacers.
Well, obviously he was just an overweight prospect when he showed up at Georgetown. Nobody thought he'd be anything then.
I'm talking about the player he became over four years, especially his last two. He had size and skill. Just needed to work on his endurance and be more aggressive.
I wouldn't have predicted he'd be this productive, but I won't say I'm surprised. I always felt he could be a good player if he got into better shape and was more aggressive. I was excited when the Pacers picked him up in the JO trade to Toronto.
Added bonus = this win puts the Pacers above the Heat in the standings.
Even more on Hibbert...
When we picked him up in that JO trade, I posted on here I thought he could be the next Rik Smits (similar to him) and eventually be our starter at center. Smits started off slow in Indiana (needed to work on his coordination, strength, etc), but really developed over time. I thought Hibbert had similar potential. I've always felt Hibbert had nice upside considering he was very young for his class and had little basketball experience before going to Georgetown, yet improved so quickly.
The Pacers had been looking for a skilled center since Smits retired and Brad Miller left via free-agency. I thought and was hoping Hibbert could eventually be that guy. Good to see that he's stepped up to the plate.
Roy Hibbert is MIP...
Another point that is barey talked about is how much of a great team player Hibbert. is. He is always cheering on his mates, and even when he is hot he is still willing to give up the rock. He is starting to grow on me.
I like Hibbert's passing most of any skill he has. He's always been a good passer and operated from the free throw line at G'Town as a big, and did a fine job finding cutters and shooters (him and Jeff Green were great passers in that Princeton system). Nobody ever talks about it for the most part because his size and touch are more apparent, but he's always been a strong passer.
Also, that Rik Smits comparison is spot on.
Whats funny is i had a argument with someone on here who was saying hibbert isn't that good and shouldn't be mentioned as one of the good Georgetown centers.
As far as the game I'm not surprised for two reasons
1.The lakers have shown to be beatable during the regular season
2. Ive watched a couple of pacers game and they are a very underrated team. They are what the nets should be right now
Tezo you're making me depressed! I wanted the Raptors to keep Hibbert! He is definitely under-rated and he is just a great player hands down.
I actually liked Hibbert at Georgetown and thought the only reason he could not have that success in the NBA was because he was said to be too slow which I thought was wierd because he looked pretty quick for a big man his last year in college.
Michael sweetney ruined Georgetown bigmen for me for awhile
I questioned whether Hibbert really would be aggressive enough. I thought he'd be a backup C though.