One of the biggest difference makers in the Indiana Pacers'-New York Knicks' series was the play in the paint. The Knicks were out scored, out rebounded and our defended on the low block. Quite frankly, the Pacers' front court hurt the Knicks' entire squad. New York's front court was rendered ineffective and their back court couldn't penetrate the paint to open up the floor or get to the free throw line. However, it was Roy Hibbert's block on Carmelo Anthony that best symbolized the series and is immortalized in the center's man cave.
Every adult male wants a man cave. A place they can have their stuff, their space, and grasp onto the little bit of their freedom they have left. Celebrities and athletes are no different. Following this playoff run by the Indiana Pacers their center, Roy Hibbert, received additions to go on his man cave wall. Carmelo Anthony won't like either one of them.
Hibbert announced via his Twitter account that he'd received two framed photos of the same moment in the Pacers-Knicks series. One from the Pacers organization and one from a friend of his.
Got 2 of these now. 1 from a real good friend here in Indy. The other from the @Pacers Def man cave material. pic.twitter.com/YhBE2JaRVT
What moment? The block of course. It happened midway through the fourth quarter of Game 6 when Anthony challenged Hibbert with a dunk attempt and Hibbert responded with an impressive block to turn Anthony away at the rim. It's become the signature moment of the series.
Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork reports Anthony praised Hibbert for the amazing defensive play.
"It was a hell of a block," Anthony said. "Big play by Hibbert, kind of shifted the momentum at that point."
The moment happened with 5:04 left in the fourt quarter with the Knicks leading 92-90. Following the block, the Pacers went on to outscore the Knicks 16-7.
Usually when you get posterized it's because someone dunked on you. Hibbert flipped it and will instead remember the win over the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals because of his rejection of one of the best scorers in the NBA.
Don't expect Anthony to visit Hibbert's man cave any time soon. However, he'll be there. Forever.