Pacers coach Frank Vogel talks about why Roy Hibbert wasn't there to protect the rim as LeBron James' last-second shot gave the Miami Heat an overtime victory in game 1.

With 2.2 seconds left and Indiana clinging to a 1-point lead, Pacers coach Frank Vogel made the decision to take center Roy Hibbert off the floor.

What happened next could have a lasting impact on the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals.

With Hibbert on the bench, the Heat put the ball in the hands of LeBron James, whose lay-up as time expired clinched a 103-102 overtime win for the Heat in the series opener.

It was the second time in the final minute of overtime that Hibbert watched a critical Heat possession from the bench, and afterwards, both player and coach said things will likely be different if the Pacers find themselves in a similar situation later in the series.

Hibbert, who finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, plans to be more vocal about being on the floor in critical situations and Vogel admitted he’ll probably make sure the fifth-year player is there.

“That’s the dilemma they present when they have Chris Bosh at the five spot and his ability to space the floor. We put a switching lineup in with the intent to switch, keep everything in front of us and try to go into or force a challenged jumpshot,” Vogel said. “We pushed up a little bit too much, LeBron was able to beat us off the bounce…we’ll have to evaluate and see what we’ll do the next time. I would say we’ll probably have him in next time.”

Added Hibbert, “In hindsight, I wish I did [ask to go in.] LeBron’s lay-up was one I think I could have gotten because he served it up. It wasn’t like he protected the ball to go for a tough layup. He served it up to the rim and I may have been able to get a piece of it.”

Despite his disappointment at not being in the game, Hibbert added that he had “deep faith” in Vogel’s decisions.

“I could see why Coach wanted to take me out,” Hibbert continued. “With 2.2 seconds left on the clock, they can throw it [Chris] Bosh and I’m overcommitting in the paint and he can hit the jump-shot. My mentality is always to protect the rim.”

James, meanwhile, converted on the lay-up, capping his ninth career postseason triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

For him, Hibbert’s presence on the bench was a non-issue.

“Our play didn’t change at all,” James said. “We went into the timeout, we had two different calls, and me and Spo looked at each other, and he asked me which one I felt comfortable doing. I had enough time where I could get to the basket and make a play.”