Pacers’ Roy Hibbert injures thumb during practice

While Indiana Pacers forward David West sat out yesterday’s practice due to a leg injury, center Roy Hibbert was able to suit up. However, during the session the big man suffered a thumb injury, according to the Associated Press.


Hibbert was hit on his right thumb during yesterday’s practice, an injury that required taping. While any additional bumps and bruises at this point in the season are unwelcomed, the injury didn’t prevent Hibbert from finishing the team’s workout. It’s also not expected to keep him out of tomorrow’s Game 1 matchup against the Miami Heat.

Hibbert was a primary reason the Pacers were able to advance to the playoffs, as he averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during the regular season. He’s also played a pivotal role in the team’s postseason success, as his numbers have increased to 14.0 and 9.6 over the first two rounds. The big man has also averaged 2.5 blocked shots per game during the playoffs.

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