His role in the teams' best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series sure changed quickly.
Heading into Game 3 in Washington on Friday night, the Wizards want to prevent Hibbert from getting the ball too close to the basket, so as to avoid a repeat of what happened in Game 2. Hibbert shot 10 for 13, finished with 28 points and had nine rebounds as the Pacers tied the series at a game apiece by winning 86-82 at home.
Says Wizards center Marcin Gortat: "Definitely, that's not what we expected."
In Game 1, Hibbert had zero points and zero rebounds, the second time this postseason he had those stats.