As if the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat didn’t have a strong enough rivalry already, Pacers big man Roy Hibbert just poured a few gallons of gasoline on it.
When asked about the Heat, Hibbert made no qualms, suggesting that he and the Pacers will stop the Heat’s bid for a three-peat.
During the All-Star weekend, Hibbert told ESPN’s Bill Simmons: “I want to beat those guys so bad. They’re talking about three-peating. Nah, we’re going to stop that.” And he wasn’t backing down on Tuesday while back in Indianapolis.“That’s what we’re here to do. This team is built to have a long playoff run and if we do what we’re supposed to do and we see Miami, I think we’re built better for a seven-game series,” Hibbert said before the Indiana Pacers faced the Atlanta Hawks.
Hibbert did cave a little, suggesting that Miami is a very talented team, but wouldn’t step back from his suggestion that the Heat will fall to the Pacers.
Of course, what else is he supposed to say? I can’t really blame him for the suggestion (and Indiana has a very solid chance at doing exactly what Hibbert suggests), but I don’t think LeBron James and the Miami Heat need any bulletin board material either.