Hibbert was once again a dominant force without scoring much. He finished the game with 10 rebounds, eight points and five blocks.
Afterward, he took to Twitter to talk about the possibility of winning the league's Defensive Player of the Year award:
DPoY. Goodnight!— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) November 7, 2013
Hibbert must have caught a little flack for talking himself up, because less than 10 minutes later he followed up with this:
People act like I can't have individual goals. I didn't talk about it in the past. Well now I am. I WANT DPoY. That's gonna help my team win— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) November 7, 2013
He's absolutely right in thinking that playing DPOY-caliber defense will help his team win. It already is.
The Pacers are the only undefeated team left in the NBA, and Hibbert leads the league with a staggering 5.2 blocks a game. His presence around the rim makes buckets significantly harder to come by for the opposition. Just ask the Bulls, who scored a whopping 14 points in the paint Wednesday night.
And it's not just tonight. Hibbert's been dominant through all five games.
When Roy Hibbert is on the court, opponents are shooting 34.1% from the field.— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) November 7, 2013
Obviously, this is an extremely small sample size, but right now it doesn't look like there's a better defensive anchor in the league.
His teammate Paul George is certainly a factor on that end too. And Hibbert talked him up as well:
If both keep up the pace they're currently on, they'll definitely be real contenders for those awards.
And if Hibbert's predictions prove prophetic, Indiana fans will have a possible championship team on their hands.
For 140-character pearls of wisdom from Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey, follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.