Pacers need Hibbert to make difference in Game 2

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) reacts after making a basket early in the first half during Game 7 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert’s ragged season is catching up to the Indiana Pacers.

Their All-Star center has played like anything but the dominant big man who led them to the Eastern Conference finals last spring. And this year’s runner-up for the defensive player of the year award hasn’t even been on the court much to make a difference.

If the top-seeded Pacers are to survive this semifinal round against fifth-seeded Washington, they need Hibbert to come up big.

On Monday, the 7-foot-2, 295-pound veteran finished with no points and no rebounds as Indiana lost 102-96. The Pacers got dominated on the glass and outscored 19-5 in second-chance points.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Indianapolis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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