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Hibbert, Pacers Enjoy Post Season Success
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 12, 2013 @ 8:07 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Here we had the best defensive team in the NBA by most measurements, with no player higher than eighth in the defensive player of the year voting. And it brought to mind something Frank Vogel had said in the days leading up to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Knicks.
Speaking of the timeout he’d called that immediately led to a 30-2 Knicks run in Game 2, Vogel said, “If I knew all I had to do was call a bad timeout to get this team some national attention, I would’ve done it two years ago.”
An inferiority complex, a big-city envy thing was pulsing through that quote, all the way to Game 3 in Indiana on Saturday night. And if anyone was going to have a chip on his shoulder after Game 3, a suffocating 82-71 victory that gave the Pacers a 2-1 series lead, it would have been Roy Hibbert. If anyone was going to be campaigning for credit, telling his critics, “I told you so,” it should’ve been Hibbert.
“I don’t think he’s built that way,” teammate David West was saying in the locker room, after Hibbert dominated the Knicks in the paint with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
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