Indiana Pacers Roy Hibbert Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle

Roy Hibbert is the latest injury victim on the Indiana Pacers.
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert left the game on Saturday night vs. the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter due to a sprained ankle. Hibbert actually came back in the game during the second quarter but had to leave again after two minutes before it was decided he sit out the rest of the game.
No word on if Indiana expects Hibbert to miss any time going forward. The Pacers are already missing Paul George, George Hill, David West, CJ Watson and CJ Miles due to injury. Indiana’s bad luck continued as they lost to the Suns in a 106-83 blowout.
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Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers 11/22/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The red-hot Phoenix Suns looked to continue their recent run of success on Saturday, when they took on the Indiana Pacers. The Suns had won three straight but faced a tricky test from a Pacers squad that had won two straight.

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Chicago Bulls’ Perseverance Through Injury a Blueprint for Indiana Pacers

CHICAGO—One August evening in Las Vegas, the Indiana Pacers’ entire world turned upside down. After Paul George’s gruesome, horrific leg injury at a Team USA scrimmage, the Pacers immediately went from a team hoping to stay in title contention to one scrapping for everything they could get.

The Chicago Bulls know all about that. It’s the boat they were in the last two seasons, with Derrick Rose sitting out with serious knee injuries both years. The Bulls had to figure out other ways to win without the former MVP.

To that end, they were a success story, making the playoffs both years. Now, their proven ability to stay focused through injuries is something else: a blueprint for other teams looking to stay competitive with key players out.

“They’ve had success, just by having a winning culture,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said of the Bulls on Saturday, before the Pacers’ 99-90 win in Chicago. “Hopefully we can have something similar to what they’ve accomplished the last couple years with Derrick out.”

It’s been a rough start for Indiana on the injury front. In addition to losing George for the season, they’ve been without starting power forward David West and starting point guard George Hill. They’ve also sustained injuries to this summer’s two biggest offseason acquisitions, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.

“Obviously, Paul’s injury is very, very unfortunate,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “Great guy, superstar player. But Frank’s a heck of a coach, and their organization has a great history. Their team is well-put together. They have a style of play. They’re tough.”

Vogel has managed to keep his depleted roster competitive through the injuries by preaching the same philosophy that has been a mainstay in Thibodeau’s Bulls locker room: next man up.

“Every team has 13 to 15 guys,” Vogel said. “If you have some guys out, the next guy’s gotta step up. That’s all there is to it. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you or let you make excuses.”

With their best players out, the Pacers have found other ways to produce. Vogel has gotten solid play out of role players like forward Chris Copeland (averaging 14.2 points per game) and guards Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill (12.6 points apiece). And just as Joakim Noah was the Bulls’ anchor last year, Roy Hibbert has kept Indiana’s defense sound even as they’ve been short-handed.

“I look at how Joakim played during that stretch, in terms of effort and the way he goes about his business,” Hibbert told Bleacher Report after the game. “He wasn’t the leading scorer for those two years, but he was effective.”

The Pacers have some serious ground to make up if they hope to claw their way into the playoffs, as the last two Rose-less Bulls teams have done. Even after Saturday’s win over the Bulls and Wednesday’s equally impressive road win over the Heat in Miami, they’re 4-7. They have the fourth-worst offense in the league, scoring just 97.5 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. But they’ve been staying competitive, losing games by an average margin of just 1.7 points.

The Pacers have also kept a steady approach and belief that they can win with the personnel they have. It’s the mentality that drove the Bulls throughout their success in the past two years.

“That’s the thing about this league—it’s all about mindset,” Noah said at shootaround Saturday morning. “The team that comes with the right mindset has a better chance of winning a basketball game. [The Pacers] are very well coached. They still have talent. They’ve got some hungry players.”

The Bulls’ injuries over the past two years have been blessings in disguise for some of their players. Jimmy Butler blossomed in the 2013 playoffs while Luol Deng was sidelined with a spinal injury and a procession of scoring guards from Nate Robinson to D.J. Augustin have filled Rose’s void in the backcourt.

Vogel hopes the absence of George, Hill and West will be similarly educational for his unproven players.

“The guys that are getting an opportunity to play are cherishing the opportunity and trying to make the best of it,” Vogel said. “Nobody’s out there looking over their shoulder waiting for somebody to come back. They’re understanding what they have in the room.”

“They’re playing how we used to play,” Bulls forward Taj Gibson said after the game. “Next man stepping up. Guys are gaining confidence, the coach is calling plays for them, and they just do what they do. That team reminds me of us last year.”

Last year, the Pacers were battling LeBron James’ Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Bulls were fortunate to win 48 games with Rose out. Now, the script has flipped—Chicago has the makings of a team that will be playing in May and June, while Indiana is on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. If they make it in, it will be a testament to Vogel’s coaching and a shared mentality with the Bulls of years past.

But if there’s any team with the mindset to overcome the long odds they face, this is it.

 

Sean Highkin covers the Chicago Bulls for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.

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Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls 11/15/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Chicago Bulls looked to continue their strong start to the season on Saturday, when they took on the Indiana Pacers. The Bulls had won two straight and seven of their first nine to start the season, but they faced a tough test from the Pacers’ lockdown defense.

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Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The injury-riddled Indiana Pacers (3-7) are on the road to take on Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls (7-2) at the United Center.

It’s the first meeting of the season between the Central Division rivals.

 

Tipoff: Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m. ET

Coverage: WGN and FSIN (Fox Sports Indiana)

Injuries (via CBSSports.com): C.J. Miles, IND (out, calf); Rodney Stuckey, IND (out, foot); C.J. Watson, IND (out, foot); David West, IND (out, ankle); George Hill, IND (out, knee); Derrick Rose, CHI (out, hamstring); Jimmy Butler, CHI (probable, thumb)

 

Keys to the Game

The Pacers have predictably had a hard time scoring with most of their starters injured. They’re 29th in the league in scoring at 91.2 points per game. They’ve had different guys break out here and there, but they need someone such as Donald Sloan or Chris Copeland to provide consistent scoring.

On the other end, the Bulls will need someone to provide the offense Derrick Rose typically gives them. They’re used to it after years of injury problems for Rose, and either Kirk Hinrich or Aaron Brooks should be up to the task.

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Indiana Basketball: Complete Roster, Season Preview for 2014-15 Hoosiers

The Indiana Hoosiers, for decades one of the most iconic basketball programs in the country, will begin the upcoming season under a veil of scrutiny, facing many questions about discipline, leadership and judgement in Bloomington.

The past week has not been kind to the program, with head coach Tom Crean announcing four-game suspensions—two exhibition, two regular-season games—for sophomores Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams, each for failing drug tests.

An additional four-game suspension was also doled out to incoming freshman Emmitt Holt for his role in a Nov. 1 car accident which left teammate Devin Davis hospitalized with a head injury.

Davis, who was later found by police to be mostly at fault for jumping in front of Holt’s car, has no timetable for return from the accident in which alcohol was a factor.

That’s no way to start a season, and particularly for a team that seems middle of the road.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s get right to it. This is your complete 2014-15 season preview for the embattled Indiana Hoosiers.

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Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers 11/8/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Washington Wizards looked to bounce back from a tough loss, when they took on the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. The Wizards saw their four-game win streak snapped their last time out, and they faced a tricky test from a stingy Pacers defense desperate to snap a five-game skid.

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