Roy Hibbert knew he was going to get the ball. It was just up to him what he was going to do with it.
It's been a slow process for the Indiana Pacers' center to playing up to expectations - a process that has stretched over the course of much of the season.
However, when teammate Paul George told him before the game he was getting the ball, Hibbert capitalized by scoring a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 107-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
''Paul told me before the game that he was going to throw it down to me every time and I appreciate that,'' Hibbert said. ''I just feel like the atmosphere on the court and when we play hard, things are fun out there.
''Everybody's scoring and getting stops and things like that. We like to see our team succeed.''
Hibbert is just a piece of the puzzle and starting to fit in place quite comfortably. Along with the season-best scoring night, had nine offensive boards and four blocks.