Roy Hibbert suffered back spasms in the first half, returned to the game in the third quarter and then aggravated his back in the fourth quarter.
He blocked Tyson Chandler at the rim and he went down in agonizing pain. Hibbert was stretching his back near the bench, then headed to the locker room. We wouldn't expect him to return and his status will be up in the air for Saturday's game against the Bobcats. Ian Mahinmi would start in his place with Jeff Pendergraph getting extra minutes off the bench. Hibbert finished with four points, three rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes.