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Roy Hibbert: ‘We don’t deserve the No. 1 seed’

Apr 1, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

For the first time all season, the Heat (red) have a better record than the Pacers (blue).

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That means the Heat (51-22) would get the No. 1 seed over the Pacers (52-23) if the season ended today.

Roy Hibbert, via Bob Kravitz of the IndyStar:

“Good for them (the Heat),” Roy Hibbert said dourly. “We don’t deserve it. Good for them. Whoever we see in the playoffs, we’ll see, but we’ve got to figure things out…But we don’t deserve the No. 1 seed.”

Well, technically, Hibbert is absolutely correct. The team with the conference’s best record deserves the No. 1 seed, and the Pacers don’t have the Eastern Conference’s best record.

But Indiana has more wins than Miami. The top seed is still very much in reach – if the Pacers get it together.

If they end their bickering, they might get the top seed. If they end their bickering and fix their offense, they’ll almost definitely get the top seed.

Now isn’t the time for sulking. It’s time for the Pacers to summon their resolve and show why they should deserve the No. 1 seed.

  1. aboogy123456 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Grow up, Roy, and stop talking. Perhaps the most immature player in the league.

    • apkyletexas - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      I disagree – seems to me that someone in that locker room needs to start calling guys out for not playing as a team. Hibbert is doing exactly what he needs to do to pull guys’ heads out of their butts. He’s becoming a leader in front of our eyes. Good for him.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      I like Roy but he talks too much.

      Btw what happened to Roy- he shoots a horrible % for a dude 2 inches from the basket and he can’t even rebound anymore.

      • brookwell2013 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        wah wah wah wah wah!!! Shuuuuutttt uuuppppp Roy!! Jeez.

      • tashab03 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        That’s my question. You’re not a guard Roy.

  2. jzone954 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Will be a good series. Heat in 6 or 7

  3. romestar82 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    sounds like they aren’t confident enough to win a Ship’ ,already giving it up to the Heat ,Pacers are a joke the coach needs to get fired for no instilling confidence in this team

    • pacersfan1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      By calling and nba championship a ship you are a joke.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        You could be lying.

  4. stephenolszewski - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Most immature player goes to DeMarcus Cousins…

  5. beachsidejames - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Wheels are starting to come off!

    • brookwell2013 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Starting????

  6. rjmarrella - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    I blame Evan Turner

  7. turnmymicup - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Roy boy is just being honest. This team isn’t playing like a #1 seed. Keeping it real they not playing like the 2 either. If they don’t get it together they’ll be watching the later rounds of the playoffs at home.

  8. casualcommenter - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    As you can see in the draft, both the Pacers and Heat’s win percentages have generally declined the past month since early March. The difference is that the Pacers’ win percentage has declined faster than the Heat’s, but overall, neither team has really hit its stride.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      *in the graph

  9. 12444uggg - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    A couple of things.

    The Pacers need a real PG. It’s the equivalent of a Football team running an offense without a QB.
    They need to play to their size. That means shooting the ball closer to the basket.
    They need to understand that their brand of defensive ball requires a great deal of energy. Most teams are capable of doing what the Pacers do defensively, but choose not to, given that it’s not popular and draining. When the Pacers go and play tackle basketball, they have to be prepared for the likes of the Cavs doing the same thing to them.
    Paul George needs to have his cellphone taken away. gross.
    Roy needs to calm down, and remember that at 7’2, the basket is inches away when he raises his arm. Put the ball in the basket. Jeez.
    West needs to stop with pissed and confused on court demeanor. He’s the mature guy. Lead by example.
    Lance and Hill need to not be fighting.
    Frank, what can’t I say about his bizarre rotations. Play an actual second unit. Scola isn’t a bench, he’s one guy.

    This team is lucky to be dealing with these issues now, and not in 2 years. There’s a good core here, but tweaks need to be made. Larry will figure it out.

    Oh and they’ll see the Heat in the ECF.. I just don’t have a great deal of confidence about that outcome.

    • gostlcards5 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Good list.

    • pacersfan1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      I agree with all of that. Paul George needs to stop complaining on every call or no call. Just play basketball and leave the refs alone. If he keeps up the way he is going people will think he plays for the Heat.

      • miamatt - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        It’s a fact that as of this year the Pacers complain and flop every bit as much as the Heat, if not more.

  10. 00maltliquor - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    These guys are falling apart at the seams. All it took was for these guys to lose a few games to show their true nature. They weren’t as close as we thought.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      This is one of your most popular comments. I’m cracking a malt beverage in your honor.

  11. antistratfordian - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Cmon people. Stop it. No team is going to beat the Heat with the 22nd ranked offense – I don’t care if it has Michael Jordan in his prime on it – it’s not happening. So it really doesn’t matter who has the 1 seed in the East.

  12. rodyaugu - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    The pacers are crying more this week than they did after losing game 1 to miami when lebron hit the game winner.

  13. frank35sox - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    When I watch and here about this team, all I can think about is the Space Jam clip when the players go to the psychiatrist:

    Roy is Charles – “There’s this girl, 5 foot nothing; blocked me shot!”
    David is Patrick- “NOOO!”
    Scola is Shawn Bradley- “I’ve got other skills. I can go back and work on the farm.”
    Lance is Mugsy- “What are you trying to say, I’m trying to disrespect my momma?”

    If only they could get their powers back from the Monstars.

  14. jbeagles23 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    The pacers confidence all season hinged on that number one seed and they came out of the gate hot. But they still haven’t figured out who they are. They can’t even score 80 points. The heat have known for years who they are and whether they got first or second in the regular season it didn’t matter. I’m convinced Bynum is in hibberts ear running his mouth about how selfish Indys guards are.

  15. ufools - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    He is 100% right….they don’t deserve it….or anything else. You EARN it.

    • gostlcards5 - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I agree, and I don’t have a problem with him saying it. For Coach Vogel to say there aren’t selfish players on the team, I think if that’s what he really believes, he’s delusional. You can see it in their play. I hope that isn’t the case.

      I think PG takes too many shots, but I think mostly he is trying to be the leader. Not a good justification, but there it is. Lance, at times, just wants to make the scoring play. When he just focuses on making the best play, he’s great. ET also hasn’t been what the team thought.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Unless you win the lottery.

  16. osprey0112 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    If they end their bickering, they might get the top seed. If they end their bickering and fix their offense, they’ll almost definitely get the top seed.

    Almost definitely? Heat will have something to say about!

  17. lrpfd - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Pacers are losing now so that they escape playing nets and bulls

  18. beachsidejames - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    beginning of the season they were the talk of the league. They are again but for the wrong reason. Hate to say it but the Heat have problems too.

  19. Jeff - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Here’s more evidence that the Pacers won’t make it out of first round.
    It’s evident in their actions, now it’s evident in their words.
    Wholly disappointing second half of season.

  20. jimeejohnson - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    How easily we forget that anything can happen in the playoffs. That said, the Pacers are not going to beat the Spurs in a 7 game series. They might win a game or two but they aren’t a cohesive enough unit with enough individual talent to beat a team like the Spurs, which is both cohesive and loaded with top talent.

  21. dbfan4ever - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I am a Pacers fan and they are frustrating as all get out to watch. Not only do they not deserve to be the number 1 seed the way they are playing they don’t deserve the playoffs! Hopefully they can put it back. Together. This slump is showing me one thing and that is Vogel is not the coach I thought he was

  22. noochieleon - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    The bad news….Pacers are in shambles. The good news….the playoffs haven’t started.

  23. doctordunkenstein - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    You don’t deserver that big contract either Roy. You are a ref-created defensive presence with all that verticality bs. no one else in the league gets away with the crap that hibbert does. in the playoffs last year the refs treated him like he was a god downlow.

  24. realfootballfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    I mentioned early in the season that this was the equivalent of those Bulls teams that the Heat saw early in this championship run era. I thought Indy would lose to them again in the East Conference Finals but now, not so sure they don’t get beat by the Nets if they had to face them. Teams that don’t score don’t win championships. Even that Piston team that beat the Lakers scored points.

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