Hibbert says nothing about fine, comments
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert declined to address his $75,000 fine for vulgar and homophobic comments after the Pacers’ Game 6 victory against the Miami Heat.
“I made a statement, and that’s all I’m going to comment on it,” Hibbert said after a late-morning shoot-around Monday.
Pressed again on the topic, Hibbert said, “I’m going to talk about basketball. I’m not going to comment on what I said postgame.”
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he addressed the issue privately with Hibbert and with the team before a video session in Miami on Sunday.
“Very contrite. Feels very terrible on a number of different levels,” Vogel said. “He’s ready to put it behind him. He’s not going to let it impact him.
“He’s one of the highest character people I’ve ever been around. Probably the highest character person I’ve ever coached, player-wise. He made a mistake. We all make mistakes. He’s ready to move past it. But we support him, we love him, he knows he was wrong and we’re ready to move on.”
West is fine
After playing Game 6 with an upper respiratory infection and a fever that reached 100.3, Pacers forward David West is 100% and Vogel said no other players became ill.
What to watch for from the Pacers in Game 7
Turnovers. When the Pacers take care of the ball, they are very good. In two of their three losses against the Heat in the conference finals, the Pacers committed at least 18 turnovers. They also 21 turnovers in Game 6 but those were neutralized by Miami’s turnovers and poor shooting.
Vogel wants to be the turnovers in the 13-14 range.
“Keep them under there, we’re in business,” Vogel said. “If it’s 10 or 11, we’ve got a good chance of winning. … We’ve got a great deal of confidence that if we’re not careless against this team, we feel like we can beat them. When we’ve gotten beat, a lot of it’s been – you give credit to them and LeBron – a lot of those factors have come down to us being careless.”
What to watch for from the Heat in Game 7