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NBA looking ahead: Pacers vs. Clippers

Indiana's Roy Hibbert and Clippers' DeAndre Jordan can make and early statement about defensive player of the year.

November 30, 2013|By Ben Bolch
  • Indiana center Roy Hibbert is defended by Washington guard John Wall on Nov. 29. Hibbert and the Pacers lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-1 before heading into their Sunday matchup with the Clippers at Staples Center.
Indiana center Roy Hibbert is defended by Washington guard John Wall on… (Darron Cummings / Associated…)

INDIANA AT CLIPPERS

When: 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

TV: Prime Ticket.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has said he wants to go for it. Pacers center Roy Hibbert has tweeted a similar desire.

An NBA title? Well, of course they would like that, but the big men have also expressed a strong yearning to win the league's defensive-player-of-the-year award.

Hibbert ranks second in the league with 3.8 blocked shots per game and Jordan is fifth with 2.3. It probably also helps Hibbert's cause that the Pacers are holding opponents to a league-low 85.6 points a game and have yielded 100 points only once, to the Chicago Bulls.

The Clippers are averaging 106.8 points but again may be without point guard Chris Paul, who is questionable because of a strained right hamstring.

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