Chris Bosh takes jab at Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert‘s stats will never blow you away. In fact, Hibbert’s stats since entering the league – both regular season and playoffs, are pedestrian at best. However, last season’s deep playoff run showed just what type of dominance Hibbert is capable of. The former Georgetown Hoyas center averaged 17.points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game during last year’s playoff run. Of course this raised expectations for 2014, as the Indiana Pacers were expected to be a serious contender and Hibbert was expected to take his game to new heights.
Well the latter hasn’t happened. With the Pacers looking like they will be the Eastern Conference’s one seed, Hibbert’s numbers have actually declined this year despite playing more minutes. This may have led to Chris Bosh taking a subtle jab at Hibbert when asked if first year Miami Heat center Greg Oden could be a “Hibbert stopper”.
Bosh was asked if Oden can be a Hibbert stopper: “I don’t know… Was he going that crazy before?”
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) March 26, 2014
Bosh probably has a point, but why wake a sleeping giant? The Heat really don’t have an answer for Hibbert, unless they are really depending on Greg Oden to be a factor – which seems like a poor plan considering he hasn’t played much the last few years and has a history of injuries.
It will be interesting to see if Hibbert can dominate again come playoff time. The emergence of Paul George and Lance Stephenson have no doubt played a role in Hibbert’s declined numbers, and Bosh’s words just may give Hibbert the fuel he needs to regain his form from 2013. Tonight will be a good gauge of what we will see in the playoffs, as the Heat travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers.