Late in the 4th quarter of Sunday night’s game between the Pacers and Lakers, Pacers center Roy Hibbert took exception to a hard shove by Lakers forward Carlos Boozer and got up looking for fisticuffs. Thankfully (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), Pacers PG Rodney Stuckey was there to pull Hibbert away from the fracas, because otherwise there could have been even more shoving and finger waving.
Boozer was given a flagrant foul for his shove while Hibbert was given a technical foul for his “hold me back” routine. Afterwards, Kobe Bryant could only look on in amusement.
After the game, Boozer shared his feelings about Hibbert with the media.
I’m no expert in fightin’ words, but I’m pretty sure those qualify. At the very least, they’re probably more pushing and shoving words. Unfortunately the Lakers and Pacers are done playing each other this season so their war of words cannot be settled on the court.
LA won the game 88-87.