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The Other Side: Wizards vs Pacers: What Happened On That Last Play?

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Updated: November 6, 2014

Roy-Hibbert

Roy Hibbert did not score a point in last night’s Wizards/Pacers game until the 3:24 mark of overtime, when he hit two free throws. In the 51 minutes before those free throws, Hibbert shot 0-for-6 from the field with nine rebounds, five blocks and four assists. On an Indiana Pacers team with David West, Lance Stephenson, George Hill and Paul George, those types of numbers would be considered respectable for the 7-foot-2 center; however, in a lineup with Donald Sloan (who did score a career-high 31 points), Chris Copeland, CJ Miles, Solomon Hill and Luis Scola, Hibbert’s number seemed paltry at best.  Frank Vogel disagreed:

He had a tough night scoring the basketball, but he dominated on the defensive end which is his primary role for our team. Offense is going to be hit or miss with Roy, just focus on the defense.

Roy Hibbert agreed:

It’s a team effort. We are down four or five guys. Tonight was not my night offensively but I’m trying to make an impact as much as I can whether it’s passing or screening on the offensive end or rebounding and blocking shots on the defensive end. I am going to have some nights like this.

As unnecessary and non-existent as Hibbert’s offense was against the Wizards, his two free throws still gave the Pacers their first lead since midway through the second quarter. After the free throws, John Wall scored six consecutive points to put the Wizards up five, and then the Pacers fought back to within two with 12.1 seconds left. Frank Vogel called timeout and then the Pacers came out for the final play. It didn’t quite turn out as it was discussed in the huddle.

Donald Sloan drove the lane looking for Chris Copeland, who was being blanketed by Garrett Temple. With Copeland no longer an option, Sloan turned his attention to the closest (and largest) open man, who happened to be the scoreless-from-the field Roy Hibbert.

Hibbert awaited the pass from Sloan on the left side of the key, received the pass, squared his shoulders and feet, and shot a perfect-looking 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of Nene. The shot fell short and Copeland–who was supposed to be the recipient of the Sloan’s initial pass–rebounded Hibbert’s miss and followed up with a game-ending miss of his own. The Wizards won, 96-94.

Here’s what Roy Hibbert had to say about the last play:

It was not designed to go to me. It was in the corner of my eye and I saw the ball come to me so I had to shoot it. It’s not my forte but we fought hard.

And finally, here’s Coach Vogel on what the play should have been and what eventually happened:

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Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop, USAToday.com, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.