Roy Hibbert has been awful this past month, but he hit a career low Monday night. The former Georgetown center played 12 minutes and had no points, no rebounds and four fouls as the top-seeded Pacers lost to the No. 8 Hawks to fall behind 3-2 in the series.
“Roy Hibbert has to go see a psychologist,” said ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith. “Something happened to him. He is 7’2,” doesn’t score a point, doesn’t grab a rebound. It makes no sense. I can’t explain it. Roy Hibbert looks worse than Kwame Brown.”
This postseason, Hibbert has fewer points (24) than Rockets guard Troy Daniels (26). He has fewer rebounds (17) than Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (20). And he has the same number of blocks (three) as Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker.
To say Hibbert has had a minimal impact on the Pacers’ first-round series vs. the Hawks would be an understatement. But he’s not alone in 2014 playoff infamy. Here are four others who have struggled this postseason:
Pero Antic, Atlanta Hawks
Of all the players who have logged more than 20 minutes per game this postseason, the Hawks center has the worst Player Efficiency Rating – a measure of per-minute production- at minus-1.38. He’s made just six of his 30 shot attempts (20 percent) and has more fouls (19) than points (17) or rebounds (17).
Ray Allen, Miami Heat
The top three-point shooter in NBA history made just three threes during the Heat’s sweep of the Bobcats. Allen scored in double digits in 11 of his last 15 regular season games, but he failed to score more than eight points in any of Miami’s first-round games.
Gary Neal, Charlotte Bobcats
In the first two games of the series against Miami, Neal had a plus/minus of -30. He shot 3 for 16 combined in Games 2 and 3 and was 0 for 7 from three-point range in Game 4. Throughout the series, the Bobcats reserve averaged two turnovers per assist.
D.J. Augustin, Chicago Bulls
With Derrick Rose injured and Luol Deng traded away, Augustin emerged as the Bulls’ leading scorer during the regular season. But he struggled in the playoffs, as the Bulls lost in five games to the Wizards. Aside from the first three quarters of Game 2 — when Augustin scored 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting — the Bulls guard shot 13 for 58 (22.4 percent) from the field and scored 46.
Jeffrey Tomik is the sports editor at Washington Post Express. Follow him on Twitter: @Tomiksports.