Does It Make A Difference If NBA Players Miss Their First Shot?

During the playoffs, broadcasters love to pull out fact-like objects based on incredibly small samples. Before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, for example, announcers pointed out that, in the playoffs, Roy Hibbert had shot significantly better after making his first field-goal attempt. The impression this… » 6/13/14 3:29pm 6/13/14 3:29pm

What's Roy Hibbert's Impact On Defense?

Offensively, Roy Hibbert has been all over the place these playoffs. Well, "all over the place" isn't exactly right, he's paired a couple of good games with many terrible ones, adding his fourth zero-point outing in Monday's loss. But even at his offensive worst, it's important to remember that Hibbert is an… » 5/28/14 7:50pm 5/28/14 7:50pm

Here's A New Attempt At Gauging The Defensive Impact Of NBA Players

The defensive impact of individual NBA players is hard to measure, as it's so intertwined with their teammates' performance. Austin Clemens, undeterred, has taken an ambitious shot with his new Adjusted Impact by Court Location model, which attempts to parse out individual impacts on opponent shot selection (the… » 5/28/14 11:58am 5/28/14 11:58am

Gilbert Arenas Lives To Hate On Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert pooped the bed again last night, failing to score a single point or pull down a single rebound in 18 minutes against the Wizards. Watching Roy Hibbert play like shit for the last eight games has been the most depressing thing about these playoffs, but his struggles have also brought a great deal of joy to… » 5/06/14 9:48am 5/06/14 9:48am

I Could Watch Roy Hibbert Blocking This Little Kid's Shot All Day Long

Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert visited Paramount School of Excellence in Indianapolis and relived his childhood when he wasn't yet an NBA star for a cute video. The best part is when he swats the crap out of a kid's weak layup, which has been GIFed below. (Second-best part is Hibbert using a child as a human… » 2/09/14 10:08am 2/09/14 10:08am

The Heat Still Have A Roy Hibbert-Sized Problem In Indiana

Last night's Heat-Pacers game marked the first time the two teams had met since last season's Eastern Conference Finals, a thrilling seven-game series that the Pacers nearly stole by driving a mack truck with the number 55 on it through the Heat's undersized front court. If the game proved anything, it's that the Heat… » 12/11/13 11:34am 12/11/13 11:34am

Roy Hibbert Wants You To Know He's Too Tall For An Airplane Bathroom

So you were wondering whether a person who's 7-foot-2 can squeeze into the bathroom on a airplane. Never mind. You likely weren't wondering that at all. But Pacers center Roy Hibbert posted proof of the answer on his Instagram anyway. And the answer is that Roy Hibbert cannot squeeze into the bathroom on an airplane.… » 8/22/13 4:30pm 8/22/13 4:30pm

Roy Hibbert Can Never Play For Team USA, And It's All Jamaica's Fault

The United States Olympic basketball team, finding itself short on centers, wanted to add Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert to its roster before the 2012 summer games. There was just one problem: Hibbert belonged to the Jamaican national team. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin… » 6/14/13 6:06pm 6/14/13 6:06pm

Mark Cuban Is Throwing A Pile Of Flopping Money At A Study

Tired of watching NBA players flop around, Mark Cuban is going to fund a flopping study. One of his companies is providing $100,000 to a medical center in Texas, to support 18 flopping months of motion-capture research. "The research findings could conceivably contribute to video reviews of flopping and the subsequent… » 6/08/13 7:19pm 6/08/13 7:19pm

The Pacers' Paul George Has Gradually Exploded All At Once

After two games in Miami, it's no longer assured that the Heat — reigning champs, winners of 27 straight in the regular season, top seed in the Eastern Conference, proud owners of fans like these — are going to dispatch the Indiana Pacers quickly, or for that matter, at all. The series is tied at a game apiece, and… » 5/25/13 7:46pm 5/25/13 7:46pm

The Pacers Did Everything Wrong On LeBron's Buzzer-Beater

Look at that photo. That's not how iconic playoff game-winners are supposed to look. LeBron James adds a conference finals buzzer-beater to his resumé, as the Heat take a 1-0 series lead over Indiana, but it'll always come with a caveat: conference finals buzzer-beaters probably shouldn't come on uncontested layups. » 5/23/13 9:04am 5/23/13 9:04am