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Hibbert, Aldridge Size Each Other Up on Twitter in Blazers-Pacers Aftermath

PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 2: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots against Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers on December 2, 2013 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

The bitterness of a hard-fought defeat was probably still stinging for Roy Hibbert when he reached the locker room after his Indiana Pacers had fallen to the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 2.

Of course, he was also suffering from the dull ache caused by LaMarcus Aldridge's repeated knees to the groin.

Based on his postgame tweets to Aldridge, it's safe to assume that the low blows were bothering him a little more:

Aldridge was quick to respond, probably because nobody (other than Karl Malone, of course) wants to be known for delivering shots to opponents' jewels:

Hibbert readily accepted Aldridge's explanation, halting the momentum of the discussion before it could reach "beef" status:

There's no question that Aldridge caught Hibbert in a particularly painful spot more than once in the Blazers' 106-102 victory. The most cringe-inducing incident came with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Aldridge spun to the baseline, losing his primary defender, David West. Hibbert was there to help, sliding over expertly and establishing his precious "verticality" as Aldridge elevated. As the Blazers forward extended to the rim, his knee caught Hibbert squarely below the belt. Ouch.

Worst of all, Hibbert was assessed a foul. Double ouch.

Two things bear mentioning before closing the book on this exchange. First, Hibbert is a slow learner. After Shane Battier did this to him last season, you'd have thought Indy's big man would have already invested in a Shock Doctor to protect himself.

And second, the Shock Doctor is a thing that actually exists. Here's to free publicity!

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