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Dallas’ Stevenson calls the Heat “actors”

Jun 6, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

DeShawn Stevenson Reuters

The Mavericks may be facing a 2-1 series deficit to the Miami Heat, but that isn’t stopping Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson from offering up some choice words on how he thinks the Heat play the game. ESPN Dallas’ Art Garcia has the story:

DALLAS — Foul or not, Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson said Miami Heat starsLeBron James and Dwyane Wade do a better job of selling calls than most.

“They’re great actors and they sell it,” Stevenson said Monday afternoon. “That’s what they’re supposed to do.”

We’ve got to take hard fouls,” Stevenson said, “but if you touch them they’re so dramatic you might get a flagrant 2.”

Stevenson added that a hard foul could lead to not just a flagrant foul, but a suspension. Wade is averaging 29 points in the series, with James scoring 20.3.

“It just makes it tough,” Stevenson continued. “They put a lot of pressure on us. If you do one little thing it’s going to be magnified to a big ordeal. I think when they go up and do the dunks, if you take a hard foul, the outcome is going to be pretty bad.”

Although James has been known to sell contact at times during these playoffs and Wade’s on-court exchanges with officials are almost constant, it’s hard to blame Dallas’ 2-1 deficit on unfavorable whistles. The Mavericks have shot significantly more free throws than the Heat through the first three games of the finals, and loose-ball fouls on Dirk Nowitzki late in the game almost allowed Dallas to complete another comeback and steal Game 3.

Stevenson has bad blood with James dating back to 2008, when Stevenson called the two-time MVP “overrated.” For his part, Wade had no comment on Stevenson’s opinion of his on-court acting skills.

  1. iDroidX - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    DeShawn, the Heat were called for fouls 27 times in Game 3. While your Mavs were only called 14 times.

  2. silk32 - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Why should the Heat respond when Lebron can get Jay-Z to respond on his behalf, just like last time? Do I hear a “dis song” coming?

  3. edweird0 - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Well look at the pot calling the kettle black.

  4. heathavoc - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Dirk shot how many free throws in game 3? was it 24? Was it Jason Kidd who jumped two feet to his right instead of up to make contact with Wade after pump faking?

  5. rodge1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    DeShawn is the best actor. Look, he’s even acting like his opinion matters.

  6. luckylosers - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    NBA (Non-stop Boring Action). Next year Bucks vs. Jazz. or Clippers vs. Hawks. Oh wait…the NBA can’t have that. Life is rigged folks! Now let’s all go buy some gas.

  7. seahawkhuskyfan - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    It was 5 on 8 last night. I can’t believe Miami won, the officials ran out of time

  8. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    ehhhh – it can go both ways… if Stevenson thinks Lebron and Wade are acting, fine they are trying to do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to win…

    tell Dirk & Jason Terry to get their Pacino on too…

  9. coltsfanindc - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Hez joking right? is he jus trying to get attention cause he was a non-factor on game 3?

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