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Wizards now want to slow Pacers’ Hibbert in Game 3

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WASHINGTON (AP) — All of a sudden, the Washington Wizards are talking about what they need to do slow down Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert.

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.

 

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