When the Pacers host the Heat in Game 5 tonight, Roy Hibbert will try to avoid topping his own record.
All he must do is score a point.
Hibbert went scoreless in Game 4 – and whether or not Indiana’s gameplan deserves the most blame (it doesn’t) – that was Hibbert’s fourth scoreless game of the 2014 playoffs. It’s a record for someone who made the All-Star Game the same season, breaking a tie with Jim King of the 1968 San Francisco Warriors.
In addition to Monday, Hibbert also scored no points in Games 5 and 6 against the Hawks and Game 1 against the Wizards.
Here is a complete history of scoreless playoff games by All-Stars:
Some of those scoreless games involve injuries, including Tony Parker’s this year, but Hibbert has remained healthy.
So how has he done it? There are a few elements at play.
1. Hibbert was named an All-Star due more to his defense than offense. Still, if he were scoring like this in the season’s first half, he never would have made the All-Star Game.
2. The Pacers have played well enough to extend their run to the conference finals and gieve Hibbert more opportunities to go scoreless. That’s at least partially – maybe even mostly – because the East stinks.
3. Hibbert has lost so much confidence.
Andre Drummond is a terrible free-throw shooter…except, apparently, when he’s shooting from the other free-throw line. Monday night against the Raptors, Drummond cut Detroit’s deficit to five at the end of the third quarter with this three-quarter-court heave at the buzzer:
Now, if only he could work on his accuracy from his own free-throw line.
Not a lot has gone right for the Nets this season, but an impressive clutch shot by seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson gave them their 14th win of the season on Monday. With time expiring, Johnson banked in a long three-pointer to put Brooklyn up 105-104 over Denver and secure the victory:
Johnson had 12 points on the night.
For about a week, word has circulated throughout the NBA that George Karl’s days in Sacramento were numbered. They’ve lost eight of their last 10 games, and players have more or less checked out on him. Remember, it’s only been a year since the Kings unceremoniously ousted interim head coach Ty Corbin to bring Karl in, which came on the heels of their puzzling dismissal of Mike Malone in December 2014.
Now, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that the Kings have made the decision to let Karl go:
The decision itself isn’t surprising—it always seemed to be a matter of “when,” not “if” Karl would be fired. But the optics here are not good. If everybody knows it’s coming, it makes no sense to leak that the change is going to happen hours or even days before it’s made official.
The report of the Kings’ decision on Karl comes on the heels of a concerning bombshell Rajon Rondo dropped following Sacramento’s 120-100 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night.
Via the Sacramento Bee‘s Jason Jones:
Sports Illustrated‘s Jake Fischer further reported that only three players indeed showed up on Monday morning:
That’s a bad look for everybody involved. An optional shootaround is more or less unheard of in the NBA, and if only three players bothered to come, that’s an unignorable sign that the team has quit on Karl.
Since he came into the league, Karl-Anthony Towns‘ offensive footwork has been unusually advanced for a rookie. He showed off his impressive moves again on Monday night, getting to the basket around Luke Babbitt with this spin: