During Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night, Shane Battier drove to the hole against Roy Hibbert and accidentally kneed him in the groin as he attempted a layup. Er, make that we think he "accidentally" kneed him in the groin. We say that because Hibbert is pretty sure that Battier's shot to his groin was no accident. And last night, he called him out for it on Twitter:
U can knee or kick me every time u drive 2the rim. Ill be there 2protect the rim. That wasn't inadvertent. Battier knew what he was doing— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) May 23, 2013
Now, we've never really known Battier to be a dirty player. Gritty? Sure. Tough? Of course. But dirty? Eh, not really. Hibbert seems to think otherwise, though. And his accusation should make Game 2 of the Pacers/Heat playoff series even more intense than it was already going to be. Make sure you tune into it tonight.