May 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers players celebrate after defeating the Washington Wizards during the second half in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Pacers won 85 - 63. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Hibbert Found His Smile


May 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) dribbles as Washington Wizards power forward Nene Hilario (42) defends during the second half in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Pacers won 85 - 63. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

May 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) dribbles as Washington Wizards power forward Nene Hilario (42) defends during the second half in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Pacers won 85 – 63. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Just like Shawn Michaels once lost his smile and had to step away from WWE, Roy Hibbert lost his smile late in this season. He couldn’t buy a basket. He had twitter talking up what’s wrong with him. He had Gilbert Arenas, a guy who never won a second round playoff game, take a shot at him. Everyone was trying to solve the Curious Case of Roy Hibbert.

Was it because Paul George “supposedly” had relations with Roy Hibbert’s wife? Well, I don’t know about you, but if I had any suspicions about a guy with my wife or girlfriend, I wouldn’t be out on a boat with him.

Was it because Andrew Bynum was around the team? No to that as well as Hibbert said last night during the broadcast of the game, he enjoyed the conversations he had with Bynum and playing Fifa soccer.

BUT IT MUST BE SOMETHING! That was the cry loud from everyone in the sports media world. In this day of instant reaction after every shot, touchdown, field goal, home run, goal, you name it, we all rush to twitter to post something about it.

To me, Hibbert was in his own head. Whatever it took for him to snap out of it, that’s what happened the past couple of games. Hibbert put up 28 points in game two and 14 points in game three. But to me, it’s the confidence that’s he’s playing with. I believe it was the third quarter last night when Hibbert made a basket and had that huge grin that we’ve all come to love about him. I don’t think you could have wiped the smile off his face.

He found his smile and he’s hopefully found his groove with the team.

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