I don’t think Roy Hibbert was doing something malicious here — he was trying to prevent Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng from going up for the easy putback two. He wanted to foul Dieng.
But the way he did it put Dieng in risk of injury.
For that reason, after reviewing the foul Tuesday night, the referees called the foul above a flagrant two and ejected Hibbert, sending him to an early shower. Honestly I think it’s a borderline ejection but I don’t think it was a bad call. Hibbert’s play was not malicious but it was careless.
From the locker room Hibbert could watch on the monitor as Mo Williams dropped the rest of his 52 on the Pacers, leading Minnesota to the win. Indy could have used Hibbert out there, not that anyone was stopping Williams Tuesday.