Last night’s game for the Indiana Pacers of course brings back those memories of the brawl in the sense that something can escalate so much. But this was nothing like that. Roy Hibbert for all I can remember has never been the type of guy looking for that contact and being a headache for the Pacers. He brings a calmness when you watch him play. I remarked that last night was probably one of the more active games I’ve watched Hibbert play. Yes, he did make that bump into David Lee to get position, and I think that was probably harder than needed to be. But what does David Lee do back? He pushes back a bit harder, and then we get what we got.
One of the last people I want to see get involved was Lance Stephenson, and he looked right in the middle of it. David West is a guy that looked to be escalator and then peacemaker. So I can understand if fines or punishments come out of this. But you have to do the same to David Lee, and even Stephen Curry, who didn’t seem to help matters by going to pull away Hibbert. I don’t think Hibbert expected that at all, and that’s why he tossed him like a fly.
This is a Pacers team that can’t be compared to the brawl team. This team is full of good guys, who want to be here and win. Look at Hibbert, who signed the max deal, and has his own section at Banker’s Life. David West could have signed with anyone when he was available, but he choose the Pacers. Those are two important pieces to the Pacers team.
You don’t need to compare it to the Malice in the Palace, even with the action “spilling” into fans. That was more the result of trying to break it up, and too many cooks in the kitchen. This was an isolated incident, and the Pacers are still one of the best teams around. Go do yourself a favor, and see this team live.