Dude, he's been watching you.
Over the summer Larry Bird asked his friend Bill Walton to work with him, and Walton must've done something right (credit to Hibbert too for putting the work in). He's slimmed down, reportedly losing 23 pounds in the offseason, which has given him more mobility and durability on the court.
But tonight, it starts with Al Horford.
"That was one of the guys during the summer I watched tape on every possession I had on him, offensively and defensively," Hibbert said. "I scouted him during the summer and I want to have a good game, period. I just want to be able to play defense really well, get rebounds, get stops and move the ball.
How that all translates to tonight is something that all the work that Hibbert did is all about---matching up against the sleeker, quicker Hawks big man, one who got easy baskets in the past by simply outrunning Hibbert down the court and making the Pacers take Roy out of the game, despite any early successes of his own on the offensive end.