Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert knows better than to get ahead of himself.

Hibbert, who said he constantly has many thoughts racing through his mind, knows he could easily revert to the player who struggled for the past couple of months if he focuses too much on the future.

That's why he would not declare his slump over after a 24-point, 11-rebound effort Monday in a victory over Toronto.

"I'm not doing that anymore," Hibbert said about taking the big-picture approach. "My thought process is all about taking it one game at a time."

That outlook might help the third-year center, who is still searching for a middle ground with his emotions.

Hibbert is making the transition from primarily playing near the free throw line under former coach Jim O'Brien to moving near the basket for interim coach Frank Vogel.

"We have to get him the ball and put him in position to where he's not only going to be a low-post scorer," Vogel said. "We've got to get him some easy looks. We've got to get his jump shot going again and take advantage of his versatility."

As crucial as leading scorers Danny Granger and Darren Collison are to the Pacers, Hibbert's presence in the paint might be even more important.

Hibbert needs to make teams respect his offensive game while providing an intimidating presence on defense.

He was glad to put January -- and O'Brien -- behind him. Hibbert shot just 38.8 percent from the field during the month, averaging 9.5 points. That followed a 42 percent shooting effort in December. The 7-2 center would like to exceed 50 percent from the field.