Roy Hibbert planned on playing in the 2013 NBA Finals. The entire Indiana Pacers team did.
So even 72 hours after the team's season-ending 99-76 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, the competitive juices haven't stopped flowing.
With no meaningful games on his schedule for the next four-plus months, Hibbert decided it was a great time to reflect on the breakout performance that he had in the postseason. And rather than focus on all the what-if questions that ooze out of a Game 7 loss, he decided instead to remember the good times:
Don't remember that particular play? No worries, here's a better visual reminder.
Hibbert's block was impressive in itself. He had been hosting a defensive clinic throughout the series, masterfully handling his vertical contests without fouling.
But the impact of that swat reverberated throughout the Circle City.
Anthony was trying to build on the New York Knicks' two-point lead with just 5:03 left in a win-or-go-home game for his club. Instead he inhaled a crushing left hand from Hibbert, a knockout blow that seemed to daze anyone donning blue and orange.
Hibbert's teammate Lance Stephenson promptly embarked on a personal 6-0 run and David West's second chance bucket stretched it to 8-0. Anthony finally stopped the bleeding with a jumper at the 2:14 mark, but the damage had already been done.
Before Hibbert's block, the Knicks had a 92-90 lead. After the rejection, the Pacers outscored them by a count of 16-7 and sent them packing for an early vacation.
Hibbert might have given the Knicks some bulletin board material with this tweet, but it's nothing like the excruciatingly long film session that he forced them to endure.
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