Frank Vogel made made the decision on the Heat’s final possession in overtime to bench his best interior defender in Roy Hibbert in order to match up with Miami’s small-ball lineup. That choice may have cost the Pacers Game 1 as LeBron James made an uncontested layup on a drive to the rim as time expired. Heat won 103-102 and Vogel admitted he would “probably” have Hibbert in the game should that situation present itself again – and if he doesn’t, Hibbert may have something to say about it.
According to ESPN:
“I would say we’ll probably have him in next time,” Vogel said.
That will be what limits Vogel’s sleep until Friday’s Game 2. What will keep Hibbert up will be that he said nothing about the decision.
“I think as I get older, I may have to [ask to stay in],” Hibbert said. “I didn’t, and in hindsight I wish I did because LeBron’s layup was one I think I could’ve [blocked], because he served it up.”
As he said it, Hibbert reached his long arms into the air to dem