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The Miami Heat scored 60 points in the paint in Game 1 against Indiana, though it's tough to blame Roy Hibbert for the loss, considering he was benched for the four points that sank them.
Hibbert played well offensively, going for 19 points and nine boards in 41 minutes of action. The 18 shots he took tied for his most this postseason.
Though the max-contract center may not be a superstar, he's quickly proven to be worth both the cash and any "wrecking ball" adjectives one could bestow. He's the one Pacers weapon for which the Heat don't have a good answer, and his sheer size, finishing ability and shot-blocking prowess are quickly proving to be the Pacers' X factor.
He was a difference-maker against the New York Knicks in the previous round, and his absence in the closing seconds of Game 1 might have been the difference in the outcome against Miami.
Frank Vogel didn't make the same mistake again in Game 2, as he kept Hibbert in down the stretch. The big man responded with a monster 29-point, 10-board stat line while also clogging the paint en route to a 97-93 Pacers victory.
Paul George is not alone. Roy Hibbert is helping Indiana in a BIG way.
Playoff Grade: A-