Pacers Links: Pacers face Thunder; Hibbert maintains high expectations

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The Pacers travel to OKC for a Sunday evening game against the Thunder while Roy Hibbert maintains expectations of being a dominant center in the NBA.

The Indiana Pacers face a tough bounce-back game when they hit the road to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. The Thunder have won 10 of their last 11 games to rise to the top of the Western Conference along with the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.

No doubt the Pacers defense will get a test from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Center Roy Hibbert will have to continue defending the rim and if the Pacers want to win, they could sure use a productive night at the offensive end from Hibbert, as well.

Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports spoke with Hibbert about his slow start and found the Big Dawgs still working toward being the top center in the game.

Hibbert aims to top Dwight Howard as the widely accepted best center in the NBA. A fake Hibbert Instagram account took a shot at Howard recently and gained some traction on the Internet before it was debunked - "I'm the best center in the league #[expletive]Dwight" it read.

"That wasn't me, but I will be the best center in the league one day," Hibbert said.

Hard to tell if that is actual confidence or sports psychology run amok. Of course, time will tell but I'll be happy when Hibbert finds his way to being a top five center on that path to the top.

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