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McRoberts Played With "Relevent" Energy And Efficiency In Win

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Josh McRoberts was seemingly "relevant" during last night's win against the Wizards, although I wouldn't expect coach Jim O'Brien to acknowledge it.

When it was announced at Conseco "Reggie Miller" Fieldhouse that McRoberts was starting last night, my cousin and I were jubilant. This is what we came to see. Despite it meaning that the Pacers were going to fall further behind in the lottery chase (which there was no way in hell they could have lost that game if they tried), McRoberts exceeded even our expectations for his energy, efficiency and fun during the win.

In 30 minutes of play, McBob's scored 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting, grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and blocked two shots. It was his third start of the season, which resulted from Roy Hibbert sitting last night out due to injury.

"I found out at about 4:30 (p.m.) that I was going to get the start," McRoberts told the Indianapolis Star. "Coach told me to be ready to take shots when they were available. I'm definitely not Roy. I think I can do other things to help the team, so I tried to do that."

McRoberts was there in the midst of every offensive rebound as he crashed the boards with controlled energy and prowess. Each time he entered or exited the game, he received a rousing applause from the crowd and, therefore, each time he was in the game, the crowd was a little louder than when he wasn't. Between McRoberts and Hibbert, who is one of the best cheerleader's on the bench in NBA history, they made the blow-out, ugly game fun to watch. Oh, and what did O'Brien think of McRoberts' play this time around?

"(McRoberts) got us off to a very good start," O'Brien said. "I was happy with how he played (Wednesday)."

Well, it's better than nothing from our esteemed coach. I'll take it. More links after the jump.