Perhaps now it can finally be said, after the slumping and sulking, after the benching and “resting,” after the donuts on the scoresheet and universal mockery: Roy Hibbert has finally,finally emerged from his late-season slog and is, once again, back to playing some pretty good basketball for the Indiana Pacers.
“Roy knows we got his back, simple as that,” said Paul George. “He just has (to) continue to be consistent for us. We know (some) nights it’s going to be tough. He’s not going to score 28-30 points night-in and night-out, but we’re always going to need him on the defensive end. The past two games he’s been great just defending our basket.”
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Marcus Smart to Undergo Surgery on Thumb, May Return for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart will undergo surgery on his thumb today, but there’s hope he can return sometime in the playoffs, league source tells ESPN.
Surgery will be to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
76ers’ Simmons Joins Magic, Big O in Milestone Club
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons recorded his eighth triple-double on Thursday night in a win over the New York Knicks, the second-highest total for a rookie in NBA history.
With 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against the Knicks, Simmons broke a tie with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who had seven triple-doubles as a rookie. Oscar Robertson holds the NBA record with 26 triple-doubles in his rookie season.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN