|2014 Regular Season|
Hibbert was fined $5,000.
The 7-foot-2 Hibbert didn't have a point or a rebound in Game 5, watching much of the contest after picking up four fouls in just over 12 minutes. The Pacers fell behind by 30 points before losing 107-97, giving Atlanta a chance to clinch the series at home.
There was speculation that Hibbert might be benched so the Pacers could go to a smaller lineup against the Atlanta Hawks. But coach Frank Vogel announced before Saturday's game that his 7-foot-2 center would be starting. The eighth-seeded Hawks lead No. 1 seed Indiana 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Hibbert has struggled to cope with an Atlanta lineup that is spreading the court and forcing him away from the basket.
Hibbert was kept scoreless and finished 0 of 9 from the field. It's his second scoreless effort sandwiched around a five-point no-show against the world champion Heat. Hibbert has clearly lost his mojo.
In four games this season between the teams, Hibbert has averaged 14.0 points and just 3.0 rebounds per game. When Indiana and Miami met in the Eastern Conference finals last year, he recorded 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Hibbert's 20 points was a bit of an explosion considering he had averaged 7.9 over his last nine games.
Hibbert turned in double-double No. 14 in this strong effort.
Hibbert had totaled 26 points in his previous three games.
Hibbert could be excited for Wednesday's matchup with Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas. He outscored the Lithuanian 20-4 the first time these teams met.
Hibbert had three blocks and is second in the league behind Anthony Davis with 3.0 per game.
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