Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a thrilling game featuring multiple big time shots in late game situations, capped off with a LeBron James buzzer beater to give the Heat a 103-102 overtime victory.
The two teams met last year in the Conference Semifinals, in a series that saw a lot of physical play. The physicality continued right from the get go last night.
In the first quarter, Shane Battier drove to the basket where he found Roy Hibbert waiting. The Pacers’ big man jumped to defend the shot, and in the process took a knee straight to the groin from Battier.
Battier was called for an offensive foul on the play as Hibbert rolled around on the ground in pain.
Earlier today, Hibbert took offense at the play, claiming that Battier “knew what he was doing.”
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
While I don’t necessarily think Battier tried to hit Hibbert in the groin, he certainly had his knee extended in an unnecessary way. An offensive foul was the correct call, and that should be the end of the matter.