Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert took to his Twitter account Wednesday night to defend himself against fans’ criticism. Then on Thursday he accused Heat forward Shane Battier of dirty play.
During the Heat’s 103-102 Game 1 overtime victory, Battier drove to the rim, extended his knee and hit Hibbert in the groin area when the Pacers’ big man tried to challenge the shot. Hibbert ended up on the floor, while the officials whistled Battier for an offensive foul.
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
Battier got in several scuffles with Pacers players throughout the night, especially with Tyler Hansbrough. He and Hansbrough wrestled for the ball in the first half, then Battier appeared to throw an elbow at Hansbrough as the two went for a rebound later in the game.
The Heat-Pacers Eastern Conference Finals series resumes Friday night in Miami.[Deadspin.com]