Roy Hibbert is prepared to take a little vacation from the NBA after a fourth-quarter fight with Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
It began when Hibbert took issue with a post-whistle shove by David Lee and gave back as good as he had gotten. Curry, trying to step in, was tossed aside by Hibbert and the fracas, which drew multiple players, migrated into the front row at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It didn’t rise to brawl standards — it was more of a shovefest
“There were two or three guys coming after [Hibbert],” Pacers forward David West said (via the Associated Press). “We preach and talk about togetherness, so that’s part of what we’re going to do. We’re going to defend one another. They came after him too many times.”
Hibbert was issued two technical fouls and ejected from the game, finishing with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Curry had 38 points, but the Pacers won, 108-97.
“Seriously, I didn’t even feel him,” Hibbert said of Curry (via the AP). “I saw some light-skinned guy. I don’t know if it was Klay Thompson or Steph Curry, I just knew there was a light-skinned guy by me.”
Hibbert was prepared for a suspension, although his coach was not. “I’m sure I’ll hear from the league in the morning,” he said (via the Indianapolis Star’s Bob Kravitz). “I’m guessing I’ll miss a game. But I know my teammates have my back. They had my back [Tuesday night]. I’ve been on teams in my five years here, something like that happened, they left you alone on an island. This team, the guys look after one another. Everybody ran over and protected me.”