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Frank Vogel decided to leave Roy Hibbert on the bench in two key defensive plays late in the Indiana Pacers' overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Hibbert is one of the NBA's best rim protectors, but struggles to defend the perimeter. Vogel was concerned that guarding Chris Bosh on the perimeter would negate Hibbert's usefulness at the basket. Nevertheless, the Pacers would surely prefer to be beat on a jumper than a LeBron James' layup.
"I've grown as a player, this is my fifth year and maybe I need to start talking up more," Hibbert told Yahoo! Sports. "They pay me [max-contract money] for a reason.
"I didn't say anything, and I wish I did. From now on, I need to speak up."
Vogel admitted after the game that he will almost certainly not make the same mistake again in the series.
"I would say we'll probably have him in next time," Vogel said.
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Pacers big man Roy Hibbert, who sat helplessly on the bench during the closing moments of the team's loss to the Heat, says he needs to be more vocal.
The Indiana Pacers evened the series against the Miami Heat last night for a host of reasons, but one centers around Roy Hibbert and the mismatch against the Heat front line. The Heat have no answer for a classic center like Roy Hibbert, and he creates all sorts of problems for them when he stays out of foul trouble.
Now, this wouldn’t matter as much if the Miami shooters were...
The Indiana Pacers played a great game against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Heck, after Paul George made three free throws to give them the lead with 2.2 seconds left, it looked like they were even going to pull off the win. But luckily Miami had Pacers coach Frank Vogel give them an assist.
Vogel inexplicably pulled center Roy Hibbert out of the game...
The Pacers will lock horns with the Miami Heat for a chance to play for an NBA Title. All anyone has been talking about the past few days is this Roy Hibbert block on Carmelo Anthony from the Eastern Conference semi’s.
Of course now everyone wants to know if that block will prevent LeBron James from challenging Hibbert at the rim?
According to the New York Daily News, James...
Roy Hibbert hasn’t had the most fun of days after the Pacers took a brutal loss against the Heat in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night.
Now Hibbert has taken to twitter to put Shane Battier on blast for striking his knee into his crotch (video below).
U can knee or kick me every time u drive 2the rim. Ill be there 2protect the rim. That wasn’t inadvertent....
It’s Game 1 of the much anticipated Eastern Conference Finals between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat; and perhaps this play that happened during the final two minutes of the first quarter didn’t go as expected for Roy Hibbert. Shane Battier was in the attack motion going to the rim as Hibbert jumped, Battier [...]The post Shane Battier Unintentionally Nails Roy Hibbert...
Shane Battier has never been one of the most athletic players in the NBA, and at 34 years old he has had to find ever more creative ways to contend with the league’s big bodies and high fliers. His methods tend to attract attention for what his supporters would call “gamesmanship” and his detractors would just call “dirtiness.”
Pacers center Roy Hibbert prefers the latter...
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert took to his Twitter account Wednesday night to defend himself against fans’ criticism. Then on Thursday he accused Heat forward Shane Battier of dirty play.
Tweet In the thrilling game one of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, there was a play where Pacers center took a knee to the groin during a layup attempt by Shane Battier of the Heat. Here’s video of the play in question: As you can see in the video, [...]
Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel called into The Dan Patrick Show and provided an explanation as to why he sat Roy Hibbert at the end of Game 1.
Roy Hibbert scored 29 points, David West knocked away two passes
by LeBron James for huge turnovers in the final minute, and the
Indiana Pacers evened the Eastern Conference finals with a 97-93
victory over the Miami Heat in Game 2 on Friday night.
And here, we see Roy on the children’s summer classic, Slip ‘N Slide. Frank Vogel is an amazing boss – he gives his players all the rest they need!
Hibbert Chillaxin, Pt 1
Hibbert Chillaxin, Pt 2
MIAMI (AP) -- David West's right hand helped the Indiana Pacers grab home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals.
Roy Hibbert scored 29 points, West knocked away two passes by LeBron James for huge turnovers in the final minute, and the Pacers evened the East title series with a 97-93 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the series on Friday night.
It could have been the perfect matchup to cap an unforgettable game. LeBron James driving to the rim to face Roy Hibbert, one play to decide Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Alas, Hibbert was on the bench for the deciding moment.
And James made Miami's game-winner seem way too easy.
James blew past Paul George and made a layup as time expired, and the Heat found a...
In a Menudo exclusive, we have learned what Roy Hibbert was doing instead of guarding LeBron James in overtime last night. All on Frank Vogel’s orders. Here, we see Roy modeling fancy golf clothes.
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