Hibbert had little to say about his scuffle with Jazz forward Trevor Booker. But compared to his adversary, Hibbert was downright voluble. Booker, who was ejected, did not address the media. The play, which occurred in the third quarter, came about after Randle fouled Booker and Booker retaliated with a push. Hibbert, in turn, came after Booker. “We play together,” Hibbert said. “I’m not going to speak too much about that play. Like I said, (Randle’s) the face of this team for the future and, one through 15, I’d step up for anybody, anybody in the starting five to the guys at the end of the bench. We play as a team and I have everybody’s back.”
Vogel also made adjustments. The Pacers, unlike Saturday against the Pelicans, were more willing to switch on defense, which allowed George to guard the Pistons’ small forward. “I knew what the struggle was going to be,” George said of his new defensive responsibilities as a power forward. “It’s an adjustment. We did some things that we changed up. We had Solomon (Hill) on the fours and C.J. (Miles) on the fours and I was able to play my natural position defensively.”