Roy Hibbert and John Wall had some rather snarky comments about each other’s team as of late.
The Washington Wizards point guard said after scoring 37 points in a win against the Central Division champion Pacers over the weekend that “their bigs were playing soft.” The Pacers, 48-29, had been looking at a series sweep of the Wizards, 29-48, had they not lost on Saturday. The Pacers had beaten Washington the last nine consecutive games.
“Just coming out, we talked about it before the game that their bigs were playing soft. My bigs did a great job setting screens. I came out focused tonight and I was able to knock down shots right away.”
The Pacers “big” didn’t take too kindly to the jab. Hibbert said he credits Washington for turning its season around before “going fishing.” He also said the Pacers are in a position to contend for a championship now while the Wizards “have a chance to compete” for the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA Draft, according to the NBA.com post:
[Washington] went out there and they played hard. John Wall was determined to get around our “soft” bigs, I guess. You have to tip your hat off to those guys. They’re changing their season around before they go fishing. [Wall] can say what he wants to say. He’s entitled to it. He’s a good player. We have a chance to compete for a championship. They have a chance to compete for the No.1 pick.”
Hibbert took to Twitter on Monday to say that he just spoke with Wall and cleared up the issues.
And now, Hibbert is no longer a “soft big” to Wall but a “big homie.” Although he did still leave a point of contention, saying that the Pacers have a “soft concept in pick and roll.”