Jun 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) passes to Lance Stephenson (1) as he is defended by Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) and Mike Miller (13) in the third quarter during game 7 of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell- USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Roy Hibbert says Indiana Pacers will stop Miami Heat three-peat

As if the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat didn’t have a strong enough rivalry already, Pacers big man Roy Hibbert just poured a few gallons of gasoline on it.

When asked about the Heat, Hibbert made no qualms, suggesting that he and the Pacers will stop the Heat’s bid for a three-peat.

During the All-Star weekend, Hibbert told ESPN’s Bill Simmons: “I want to beat those guys so bad. They’re talking about three-peating. Nah, we’re going to stop that.” And he wasn’t backing down on Tuesday while back in Indianapolis.“That’s what we’re here to do. This team is built to have a long playoff run and if we do what we’re supposed to do and we see Miami, I think we’re built better for a seven-game series,” Hibbert said before the Indiana Pacers faced the Atlanta Hawks.

Hibbert did cave a little, suggesting that Miami is a very talented team, but wouldn’t step back from his suggestion that the Heat will fall to the Pacers.

Of course, what else is he supposed to say? I can’t really blame him for the suggestion (and Indiana has a very solid chance at doing exactly what Hibbert suggests), but I don’t think LeBron James and the Miami Heat need any bulletin board material either.

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