Social media users took to Twitter and Instagram last night, Monday, May 5, to blast Roy Hibbert, the 7' 2" center for the Indiana Pacers, after he recorded zero points and zero rebounds in last night's NBA playoff game against the Washington Wizards.
Hibbert had struggled in the previous series against the Atlanta Hawks, but his play seemed to be making a rebound in game seven of that series when he scored 13 points and recorded seven rebounds. However, the glimmer of hope for Hibbert returning to his NBA All-Star form seemed to fade away last night after 18 minutes of play netted the big man only one assist in the stat box.
Twitter user's reactions to Hibbert's game one stat line ranged from surprise, to frustration, to downright embarrassment. Former NBA star, Gilbert Arenas was one of the more vocal Hibbert bashers last night, posting a Jeopardy-esque board to his Instagram page that read: "Despite being an 7' 2" starting center, this "All-Star" is averaging 1.7 rebounds in April." A burn that received over 4,000 "likes" on Instagram and quickly trended on Twitter.
Another former NBA star, Tracy McGrady, posted a tweet that read: "Me and Roy Hibbert had the same amount of points and rebounds tonight." That tweet received almost 20,000 retweets.
And, while some of the tweets regarding Hibbert were brutally funny, for instance one user reported that Hibbert recorded a "season high 17 high fives", some tweets were brutally honest. For instance, sports website, sbnation.com, posted a tweet earlier today showing that, statistically, Roy Hibbert is having the worst postseason for a player over seven feet tall in NBA history.
The tweets about Hibbert are still pouring in today, but the attitude of the messages on social media have shifted from angry and/or funny to serious, with many questioning whether or not Hibbert should start game two against the Wizards.
Pacers.com writer, Scott Agness, reported on Twitter that power forward, David West, had a post-game conversation with Hibbert that was behind closed doors, but reportedly very heated. Agness had also reported earlier in the evening that David West was publicly frustrated with Hibbert during the post-game media time, and that West had cut his allotted time with the media short for the first time in memory in order to have a conversation with Roy.
While the majority of users on social media feel the 7'2" big man should be benched for game two of the series, Pacers coach Frank Vogel has not signified his decision one way or the other.
If you were the coach of the Indiana Pacers, would you start or sit Hibbert? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.