In game 1 of Indiana’s Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup against the Washington Wizards, All-Star center Roy Hibbert turned in his third scoreless game in his last four games.
What I like to call “Milk Carton Roy” reemerged.
In this year’s playoffs, Hibbert is averaging just 5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He nearly averaged more fouls (3.1) than rebounds. It’s quite astonishing.
Early on, many believe that Hibbert would eventually bust out of this slump — if that’s what we’re calling it. I mean, eventually he has to…right? He’s 7-foot-2, and can’t average four rebounds per game. Let that sink in….
We’re eight games into the playoffs and he still hasn’t shaken it. If anything, he’s gotten progressively worse. And now, it appears his teammates are beginning to grow weary of Hibbert’s play.
After all, you can only play with fire for so long before getting burned. And after playing a flame-filled series with the Atlanta Hawks in round one, their luck might just run out against the Wizards. They’ve already lost game 1 and homecourt in this series.
His teammates have had enough.
His response is simple and predictable. I mean, what else can you say after turning in a 0 point, 0 rebound performance?
I’m not sure if we’re going to see a different Roy Hibbert, but I can all but guarantee that we won’t see a worst one. After all, what’s worse than dropping the golden goose egg?