The Pacers can’t panic, but that is a game that was there for the taking and considering how infrequently the Heat lose, you can’t blow opportunities like the Pacers did.
No matter how people try to rationalize it, Hibbert should have been in the game and he knows it.
“I’ve grown as a player, this is my fifth year and maybe I need to start talking up more,” Hibbert told Yahoo! Sports in the losing locker room. “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.”
One thing that people aren’t even thinking about is the psychological aspect of having Hibbert in the game, I bet LeBron thinks twice about driving, knowing Hibbert was roaming in the middle.
Just an unwise coaching decision by Vogel.