Pacers center Roy Hibbert had not spoken to the playoff media from the interview podium before. So he asked teammates whether or not he should do it.

Well, whether he was a logical choice to do so was a no-brainer.

“This is his best playoff game ever, probably,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.

Hibbert noted people sometimes wear “crazy getups” to the interview room. And he had planned for it: “I said to myself before the game, I’m going to have a great game tonight.”

So he did. He was the best player on the court as he demolished Knicks counterpart Tyson Chandler for the second time in three games, scoring a game-high 24 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and leading the Pacers to an 82-71 victory — and a 2-1 series lead — over the Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Thus, he was the obvious podium choice. And Hibbert was ready for the crazy getup thing: He had a monocle. His teammates and Pacers employees advised against it.

It was the only way Hibbert was stopped all night. Not bad for a guy whose confidence was in the gutter earlier this season.

“He’s a worker. He worked his way through it. He’s constant in that regard,” teammate David West said. “He doesn’t want to settle and he wants to maximize everything within his ability. When people were getting down on him and he’s having some tough games here and there, and we’re losing some games and everybody is putting the sole blame on him, I thought he handled it the best way possible.”

Hibbert handled the Knicks even better last night. He led the 53-40 slaughter on the glass with eight — count ’em, eight — offensive rebounds.