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.”
Though he’s never been an All-Star, Hayward believes he belongs in that group of players. He made that clear when asked if he sees himself as a top seven or eight small forward in the NBA, a group that includes the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, DeMar DeRozan, Klay Thompson, etc. “I don’t look at myself like that,” Hayward responded. “I look at myself as one of the best in the league. Period.”