HoopsHype Roy Hibbert rumors

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Naturally, Hibbert's play will be crucial for the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed in the postseason, and Hibbert's play is usually linked to his state of mind. So, inquiring minds tried to tip-toe their way to the topic following Thursday's practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. A few softballs were lobbed before Hibbert was gently asked about his confidence level. Ready to roll? “Yeah, ready to roll,” he said. “I said that before ...” Tired of being asked about that? “Tired of you guys asking that, yeah,” he said. “I'm ready to go.” No added pressure because it's the playoffs? “No. I've been doing this for like six years now, so I'm ready to go,” he said, clearly irritated by the line of questioning. NBA.com

“He’s going to be huge for us; he’s got to be huge for us on the offensive end, which I know he (will be),” Paul George said. “Last year he took that step in the postseason and really was dominant. So we all feel like we’re going to get that same Roy this time around.” NBA.com

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All five starters — George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert — didn’t go through shootaround and will sit tonight in Milwaukee, against a lowly Bucks team that has lost five straight games and 13 of their last 14. “The starters are not going to play tonight, all five of them,” Vogel said after shootaround. “We’re going to rest them and try to heal up some various bumps and bruises involved with all five guys. “We’re not playing well as a basketball team right now and the starters aren’t playing well. Our bench is not playing well. We want to try to get the starters on track by getting their legs back under them and getting them healed up.” Why all five? “If you sit one or two guys for the game, nobody ever finds a rhythm,” Vogel said. Pacers.com

The Pacers are just a half-game back on the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but Vogel says improving their own play is their top priority. “We still have our sights on the No. 1 seed but the most important thing for our team is fixing our team,” he said. Pacers.com

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"I got nothing to say," Hibbert told reporters after the team's seventh loss in its last nine games. ESPN.com

The rest of the Pacers said Hibbert's benching was the result of a poor matchup against Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Pero Antic. "I was surprised just because it's never happened," forward Paul George said about Hibbert's benching, "but it was just a tough matchup for Roy. To have a five-man who can stretch the floor, put the ball on the ground and shoot perimeter shots. It was just a tough cover because Roy's great at protecting the rim and being in the paint and Antic really had him on the perimeter the whole night." ESPN.com

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Does he need to put a boot up somebody's rear? Clearly, he does. But that's not to say he hasn't read them the riot act already. We only see the public Vogel; we don't know that he hasn't grinded on them in private. Certainly, he had a long talk with his team after this game; he took an unusually long time to come out and address the media Monday night. "We've had plenty of players-only meetings,'' Hibbert said. "We've had plenty of sit-downs with the team and coaches, some with upper management listening in. Maybe we should all go to group therapy and have an airing of grievances.'' This team is spiraling, and you sense it's beginning to splinter. USA Today Sports

If you thought Indiana's win over Miami last Wednesday restored order among the Pacers, got them out of their latest post All-Star break funk, got them pointed back in the right direction, you had to wait only 48 hours before the Pacers marched into the wall again. "Some selfish dudes in here," Roy Hibbert muttered Friday night, after getting eight shots in the Pacers' loss to the Wizards. "Some selfish dudes. I'm tired of talking about it. We've been talking about it for a month." NBA.com

But the frustrations in the locker room are real. They stem from the belief that the Pacers have gotten away from being an inside-out power team last season into a perimeter-oriented team this season. "When I first got here, it was a perimeter team with [Mike] Dunleavy, Granger -- Danny, and Troy Murphy," Hibbert said. "Then, we got D-West. We were gonna be a power post team, wear guys out. But that's how things are in the NBA. Things change. It is what it is." NBA.com

"We play hard, but we've got to move the ball," Hibbert said. "Is it obvious, or what? I don't know whatever our assist ratio, or whatever it is, is in the league, but it probably isn't up there. I'm really trying hard not to spaz out right now, but I don't know. We've been talking about it for a month. I'm not handling the rock. I don't know. I've made suggestions before and we do it for, like, one game, and then we revert back to what we are. I don't know. I'm not the one to answer that question. It directly affects me and the bigs. We're just out there and it makes us look bad." NBA.com

For the first time all year, the Pacers are in second place, behind the Heat, in the race for the No. 1 seed. That was their vociferously stated goal from Day One. Now they've thrown it away, and they've done it at a time when the Heat has had its own struggles. "Good for them (the Heat),'' Roy Hibbert said dourly. "We don't deserve it. Good for them. Whoever we see in the playoffs, we'll see, but we've got to figure things out…But we don't deserve the No. 1 seed.'' Indianapolis Star

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