Roy Hibbert Injury: Updates on Pacers Star's Knee, Likely Return Date
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was off to a dominant 2013-14 start against the Orlando Magic—eight points, 16 rebounds, seven blocks—on Tuesday, but his night quickly turned sour as he was forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury.
Pro Basketball Talk's Brett Pollakoff and HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy provided the details:
Man that looked bad for Hibbert. Slipped, holding his knee and down. Helped up and limping to bench.— Brett Pollakoff (@BrettEP) October 30, 2013
Roy Hibbert went back to the Pacers locker room after limping off the court. Let's hope he's alright.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) October 30, 2013
But it's OK to rest easy, Pacers fans. The news was nowhere as bad as originally feared according to the team, via Pacers.com's Scott Agness:
Pacers say Roy Hibbert is fine. He could return, and he’ll play tomorrow in New Orleans.— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) October 30, 2013
Frank Vogel confirmed postgame that Roy Hibbert is fine. "He landed awkwardly, twisted his knee a little bit. … He’ll play tomorrow."— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) October 30, 2013
Here is video of Hibbert's injury:
Hibbert, who saw his field-goal percentage (.448) drop to a career-low last season, struggled with inconsistency on the offensive end but was just as dominant defending the post, averaging 2.6 blocks and 8.3 rebounds in just 28.7 minutes per contest.
It would have served as a major blow for the Pacers, who figure to once again contend for an East title, if the injury was serious, but fortunately it sounds as though the big man will be OK.
We'll have to wait and see how the injury responds overnight.
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