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Lance Stephenson injures himself on ridiculous, falling and-1 (VIDEO)

Feb 4, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

That is the definition of circus shot.

Lance Stephenson drove the lane clearly thinking dunk but was bumped midair by Atlanta’s Kyle Korver which sent him twisting into Paul Millsap, so Stephenson just ended up just throwing up the over-the-head-shot.

Which he nailed. Somehow.

But watch the landing — ouch. Stephenson stayed in the game to take the free throws but left not long after and did not return to the game. Doesn’t look like this is serious head/neck/back trauma, which is fortunate considering how bad it looked at the time.

Hat tip to Matt Moore at Eye on Basketball for the video.

  1. money2long - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    so is it true coaches didn’t vote for lance to be an all star so that his agent wouldn’t have that on his checklist as his client seeks a new contract ? conspiracy theories..

  2. hatesofties - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Lance should be expecting a warning/fine for flopping coming down from the head office soon. IF he was even touched, it was such a light touch that there is no way it should have launched him like he was shot straight out of a cannon.

    • money2long - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      you’re kidding me right? flopping while airborne has to be the dumbest, unsafe thing to try and pull off.

      • norcalkingsfan - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:41 AM

        Perfect for a theatrical.

        Lance Stephenson wouldn’t happen to be theatrical, would he?

      • norcalkingsfan - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:42 AM

        the theatrical*

      • hatesofties - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:02 AM

        So, Lance completely exaggerates contact to get a phantom foul called on a defender who did NOTHING to him, and in the process he ends up looking like a fish jumping out of the water and jack knifing himself into an injury, and some how that ISN’T a flop?

        It fits the exact definition of a flop, and it was done to fool the refs into calling a foul, it sucks that he got hurt doing it, but it is his own damn fault. The whole system for flopping was put in by the league to prevent players from tricking the refs into giving bad calls because of overacting and dramatics. How does this not fit into this category? If the league isn’t going to enforce the rules of the system, then why even try to put it in place?

      • money2long - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        I’m willing to guarantee he will not hear anything from the league in regards to flopping. Anyone who thinks he did is pretty stupid.

    • bougin89 - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      This wasn’t a flop.

      It doesn’t take much contact when someone is airborne to make them fall awkwardly. It wasn’t a dirty foul or anything close to that. I could even see an argument where this wasn’t a foul but to say this is a flop is ridiculous.

      • hatesofties - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        What is your definition of flop then?

        Even though it doesn’t take much contact to make someone fall awkwardly, there wasn’t even that much contact. He jumped in the air, then tried to exaggerate the contact, in doing so he made it look like he was having a seizure in mid air and fell like a gimp and started twitching on the ground.

        If it wasn’t a flop, then tell me who fouled/shoved/poleaxed him and made the whole situation happen? After watching the video a dozen times, I can’t see anyone else involved other than Lance, and because of his over exaggeration and dramatics, a foul was called on the other team. That is some bs right there.

      • bougin89 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        There was contact, as minimal as it might be, and even if Lance himself was trying to avoid the contact anyone can easily lose balance in mid air like that especially when maneuvering to change your shot(again in mid air).

        I’m not saying it was horrible foul or anything like that. I might even agree that it wasn’t a foul at all but hard falls and players losing balance happens. It’s part of the game. This is far from a flop.

      • hatesofties - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        Maybe flop isn’t 100% correct word, but this is all on Lance for trying to oversell and exaggerate the tiny bit of contact there was. If it isn’t a flop, it’s definitely in the same neighborhood, it is a guy grossly dramatizing a tiny bit of contact, hitting the ground and withering around until he hears the whistle, and then a little bit longer because he actually ended up hurting himself.

        Regardless of what it is called, it is still the type of play I hate in the NBA, the type of play that turns basketball into a game where you are just trying to trick refs, instead of a sport where you try to destroy your competition with power, speed and skill. It is disgusting that the refs play right into this, and let it happen.

      • bougin89 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        Lance has flopped in the past, there is no question of that, I’d say this is much more of him being out of control(he’s also known for that) and losing balance in mid air trying to change his shot. He actually was hurt, he left after hitting the free throw and didn’t return.

        I agree with you about flopping. Much like the Lebron video posted here yesterday(which was an actual flop, twice) flopping is becoming much too frequent in the NBA. I just don’t think this incident was a flop. I guess we can agree to disagree.

      • spthegr8 - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Anti..??? Is that you..???

      • borderline1988 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        It wasn’t a flop, just a guy out of control and only realizing it once he’s mid-air.

        What I don’t understand is why it’s popular for players to writhe in pain for a couple minutes on the floor, and then get up (and stay in the game). It can’t possibly hurt that much that you’re screaming in pain, and then you can get back up and play. The only injury that’s like that are leg cramps..those can really hurt, but ultimately can be stretched out.

        I have broken bones multiple times, and most of the time, you just get up and walk off the court, straight to the hospital. Ankle and knee injuries can really hurt, but when those injuries are bad, you get helped off the court and you’re done.

        Just I don’t get the screaming in pain thing when you aren’t really injured…

      • bougin89 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        I agree with you to an extent on this one. Some injuries turn out minor that hurt worse than more severe injuries. Each case is different. Lance does get bent pretty awkwardly here.

        I think more players over exaggerate face and finger injuries much worse than other injuries. That’s just my take though.

      • borderline1988 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        True, sometimes minor injuries hurt more. I’ve had high ankle sprains that hurt like hell; I just grit my teeth and stay on the ground for a few minutes, then get up and go see a doctor. Within a week, I’m back on the court.

        But if I were pounding the floor, screaming in pain, and writhing all over the place, you may as well just airlift me straight to the hospital. When I see that happening to someone, I would think that an alligator just bit the guy’s arm off or something. Or it’s a bad knee injury (point is, it’s a serious injury).

        But seeing a guy walk off after that and then go straight back into the game? Come on!!! Just a bunch of drama queens.

      • bougin89 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Agreed. A lot of players definitely sell injuries to the fans it seems like. Their really is no need.

        You see the exact opposite of this in football because you don’t want your opponent knowing you’re injured.

  3. shaggytoodle - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    You gotta dunk that.


  4. urodaddy07 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    It wasn’t a flop dummy he was just out of control

    • norcalkingsfan - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      That’s the defender’s fault?

  5. bossbertozzi - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    That was one of the craziest made shots I have ever seen.

  6. flyii - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Definitely should’ve dunked it.

  7. legend30 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    The commentator should be ashamed of himself, all he cared about was him making the shot, while he was hurt.

  8. chris3141084 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Looks like a flop, Korver barely touched him. Maybe this will teach him to stop being reckless or stop flopping. Hope he’s okay though.

  9. abchome - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Did the announcer say a flagrant foul on Korver? That’s more ridiculous than the play!

    • norcalkingsfan - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:35 AM

      As I was about to give this a thumbs up a thumbs down appeared.

      To the idiot that gave this sentiment a thumbs down: If you were to remove Lance Stephenson from the video, and just view Korver’s actions entirely independently, you would see how accurate this statement is.

      Not even close to flagrant foul behavior; announcer was being ridiculous.

  10. norcalkingsfan - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:39 AM


    Dude wasn’t touched.

  11. sonnysuave - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    He was goin for a tomahawk dunk… but in mid-air, his left foot got snagged inadvertently by Millsap.

    Here’s a vid-clip w/ a better angle :

    Hope his injury isn’t serious! Dood’s on my fantasy team! Triple-double threat every game…

  12. dls612 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    George and west are like ” yeah but is that and1 bucket good though! As they slowly walk to see if their teammate is ok.

  13. BurkieInBoston - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Where was the Pacers Trainer after he went down? Taking a dump, maybe?

    • hatesofties - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Trainer knew he was just flopping and assumed he was just trying to sell the non-foul. Even he didn’t seriously think that he was hurt.

  14. jamesmfitzpatrick - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    People: If you were floating through the air and somebody happened to be standing near your path of flight, would you not also try to wriggle out of the way of contact? That is what Lance did here. Just because there was minimal actual contact does not make this a flop. It doesn’t make it a foul and that’s a discussion that is probably worth having. But a flop? Please spare me…

  15. ranfan12 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Looked like a ruined pool dive

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