Wizards vs. Pacers, Game 2 Links: Pacers continue trying to get Roy Hibbert going

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The Pacers may play better in the short term without Hibbert, but any remaining hopes of getting to the NBA Finals will eventually require a positive impact from the Big Dawg so Frank Vogel continues keeping him in the mix as Hibbert tries to figure it out.

Roy Hibbert remains a topic of conversation after his Game 1 double-goose egg, saying he has to "figure it out" and change the impact he's having on the game.

Frank Vogel agreed with that assessment but also admitted he could do a better job of facilitating Roy's game by, you know, at least trying to get him the ball.

"I have to get (Hibbert) some looks to get him going some," Vogel said. "Everyone has to understand, he wasn't 0 for 11 last night, he was 0 for 2. He's the fifth option in our starting five offense."

Interesting. I know he's been playing like the fifth option, but I always considered Hibbert to be the third or fourth option depending on matchups. There have been many past games when the Pacers started out going directly to Roy in the post on their initial possessions. That wasn't the case in Game 1.

"I have to call his number some times, which I called it zero times (in Game 1)," Vogel said.

If Vogel continues to start Hibbert, then why not dust off that plan to feed 55 and see if the big fella can get something going early. If not, then at least you know. Hibbert was fourth on the team in shot attempts per game (9.3 FGAs) during the regular season, but has dipped to seventh in the playoffs (5.6 FGAs).

With his minutes and touches down, part of Hibbert figuring things out is to at least be a presence on the glass and find a way to get some put backs which have been a staple of big games in the past. Think Game 6 against the Heat last year when Hibbert had scored on four of five offensive rebounds en route to 24 points and 11 boards. Ahh, memories.

Vogel also mentioned his teammates needing to get him the ball when he flashes open in the post, something they have increasingly avoided during Roy's recent slide. That's a different issue, one rooted in trust which Hibbert must earn back with his effort and production.

Something he has to figure out fast.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Wizards, Game 2 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Practice: Frank Vogel on Game 2 vs Wizards | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Practice: Paul George on Slowing Down Wizards | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Practice: Lance Stephenson on Game 2 vs Wizards | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Photo by paul_george24 - These rumors have got to stop! Its gettin old now and all you that believe them are ignorant! #Brothers

Wizards-Pacers Preview - AP

Pacers’ Vogel: ‘It’s not just Roy, it’s all of us” - 1070 The Fan

'I've got to be a different Roy Hibbert than I've been.' - Indy Star

Pacers need Hibbert to make difference in Game 2 - USA Today

Randy Wittman has made Washington Wizards true believers in themselves - The Washington Post

Drew Gooden is spark of Wizards’ Game 1 win over Pacers - The Washington Post

Ernie Grunfeld’s plan for Wizards is working, though many around NBA didn’t see it - The Washington Post

Bradley Beal's patience and improved floor game comes up big in Game 1 win over Pacers - Bullets Forever

Pacers-Wizards Game 2 Preview: Indiana searches for answers - CBSSports.com

Ex-Pacer Al Harrington: "I was just 18 two weeks ago"

NBA playoff scores, results and highlights from Tuesday's action: Heat and Spurs roll - SBNation.com

Mark Jackson fired as Golden State Warriors coach, according to reports - SBNation.com

Lady Gaga concert rescheduled because of Wizards - AP

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