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Metta World Peace sheds doubt on Roy Hibbert's broken nose

January 23, 2012 |  8:05 am

Lakers1_300Throughout the game Sunday evening at Staples Center, Pacers center Roy Hibbert needed cotton to absorb the bleeding from a broken nose.

He had trouble breathing as he ran up and down the floor. And during Indiana's 98-96 victory over the Lakers, Hibbert managed to score eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.

And to think, after Kobe Bryant's inadvertent elbow to his nose prompted Hibbert to leave the game with 6:46 left in the first quarter, there was no indication he could return.

But he did return in the second quarter, after Pacers trainers stuffed cotton up his nose to mitigate the damage. 

Don't count Lakers forward Metta World Peace among those who feel impressed. 

"I don't know if it's broken," he said. "I think that's just how he looks. I think he naturally looks like that."


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Photo: Pacers center Greg Hibbert looks to pass from the double-team defense of Lakers guard Derek Fisher and center Andrew Bynum on Sunday evening at Staples Center. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times