The Indiana Pacers finally snapped out of their funk last night against the New Jersey Nets. Roy Hibbert showed what he is capable of doing, as long as his confidence is there. Hibbert and Brook Lopez had a nice battle in the post, but the difference was the help outside of those two...Hibbert had help, Lopez did not. Travis Outlaw was the only other double digit scorer, with 12, for the Nets. For further review of the game, check out Nathan's breakdown.
While the Pacers' confidence received a much needed boost, the Chicago Bulls will look to tear it right back down. Derrick Rose had a great game last night, driving his team to a W against the Orlando Magic. Rose will get his points and have his impact on the game, but the Pacers will have to try to slow down the other weapons on the Central Division leading Bulls.
It would be huge if Hibbert gets back on track for the rest of the season. He doesn't need to dominate (although, I would be OK with that), but he needs to be a consistent presence down low in the post. Look for him to take advantage of his size against the smaller Chicago Bulls front court.
After the jump check out the links of the day, including former Pacers Shawne Williams getting into it with Marvin Williams...
PACERS: Game Rewind: Pacers 124, Nets 92
Game Rewind has highlights, interviews, analysis, notes, quotes and stats from the Pacers-Nets game Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Hibbert, Dunleavy combine for 50 points to end Pacers' slide | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
Mike Dunleavy provided the offense from the perimeter. Roy Hibbert found his shooting touch in the paint. And the Indiana Pacers found out what it feels like to win a game again.
Nets begin road trip on down note, falling to Pacers, 124-92 | NJ.com
Game review from New Jersey's perspective
Indiana Pacers red hot from field, bury Nets 124-92 as Mike Dunleavy scores 30 points
The Nets were in a groove and in a place that had everybody excited about life without the Carmelo Anthony trade drama. Then they ran into a team that couldn't miss. Good will was deflated in a matter of 48 minutes.
Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose overcomes ulcers to lead Chicago Bulls to 99-90 victory - chicagotribune.com
Rose leads the Chicago Bulls past the Orlando Magic.....read the review of the game here...
IndyStar.com | Hibbert goes to work in the post | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star
Mike Wells takes a look at Big Roy's big game last night
Pacers' Hansbrough sits out against Nets | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
Indiana Pacers power forward Josh McRoberts just wanted a chance to show he still deserves a spot in the rotation even if he's not going to start.
YouTube - Shawne Williams vs Marvin Williams fight (NYK @ ATL 28/01/11)
former Pacers swing man, Shawne Williams, gets under the skin of Marvin Williams...