Roy Hibbert says heckling fan 'woke me up' in Game 4

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Roy Hibbert was a game-changer on Sunday, and a courtside fan changed things for him.
Roy Hibbert was a game-changer on Sunday, and a courtside fan changed things for him. (USATSI)

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Roy Hibbert said it himself after his 28-point performance in Game 2: consistency hasn't been his best friend recently. The same can clearly be said about the Indiana Pacers. The wildly up-and-down team trailed 55-38 at halftime in Sunday's wacky Game 4, and Hibbert had only two points on 1-for-5 shooting.

In the second half, the Pacers stormed back for a 95-92 win and Hibbert was a big part of it. After the game he told reporters that a courtside heckler inspired him, via CSN Washington:

"He woke me up," Hibbert said in the Pacers locker room. "He said I was tired. He was saying a lot of obscenities. I'm a God fearing man so I'm not going into saying what he was saying…He got me going and I let him hear [me]."

Indiana was plus-24 in Hibbert's 21 second-half minutes, and he recorded 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in that time. Paul George was the best player on the floor, but having an effective Hibbert changed the game on both ends for the Pacers. And about that fan, here's what a couple of reporters saw:

This man tweeted at both reporters to identify himself as the fan in question, and showed the warning he received for his behavior:

There has been no indication that Hibbert will actually be fined, however, and there's a chance that fan wasn't the one Hibbert was referring to. Famous heckler Robin Ficker was in attendance, writing taunts on a whiteboard behind Indiana's bench:

At one point, Ficker wrote, "Hibbert comes up short" on the board. That might have been accurate in the first half. In the second, it definitely wasn't.

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