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Lance Stephenson to appeal technical from Game 7

May 5, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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In the playoffs, if you pick up seven technical fouls you get suspended for a game.

Lance Stephenson already has three from the first round.

He picked up his third early in the fourth quarter Pacers’ Game 7 win over the Hawks — he didn’t get a call he wanted on the offensive end in a scramble underneath when he tried to go up for a shot, he stared down the referee (Tony Brothers), then as the play moved on and the Pacers put up another shot in the possession Stephenson made an aggressive play on an offensive rebound, knocked over a Hawks player and got instantly T’d up.

Stephenson told pacers.com he is going to ask for that technical to be rescinded.

“I was trying to hit the ball out of his hands to get it to George Hill but the ref probably thought I was trying to smack him or something,” he explained. “I don’t know. I don’t think I deserved a tech though.”

Coach Frank Vogel had Stephenson’s back.

“I haven’t talked to Larry [Bird] and Kevin [Pritchard],” Vogel said. “I think we should (appeal it). I think the officials did the right thing trying to just make sure that everybody stays under control. After looking at it, I don’t know if a technical is warranted.”

The Pacers need Stephenson to be Stephenson — playing hard, aggressive, emotional basketball. Indiana is trying to right its ship and will find the Wizards a tough (if more traditional) matchup to do that, they need the best of Stephenson, not a guy thinking about not getting another technical. That is particularly true if the Pacers can advance past this round to a very likely waiting Miami Heat.

A reversal here would help, but I’m not sure if they’ll get it.

  1. spursareold - May 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    So, they rescind this one, and he gets another one in game one of the second round, and is right back where he is right now. He just needs to shut his hole and ball.

    • davidly - May 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      But if they don’t rescind this one, and he gets another in the next game, then he has one more than that. You see how that works?

      • spursareold - May 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        So? He’s a loose cannon. He’s going to get the suspension eventually this playoffs. Get it over with. Better this round than the ECF’s.

  2. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Just a tad bit dramatic on the delivery of the Tech by the ref

  3. duhwighthoward - May 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    This ain’t volleyball!

    super-talented, but needs to settle down and stop with all the theatrics. time to break out the old Joe Dumars videos.

  4. 12444uggg - May 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    I thought it was a bad call.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - May 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Lance is a special brand of idiot. He clearly thinks he’s the best player in the league and his attitude is destroying his team. No amount of psychiatry will ever fix him. And it’s a shame because he’s really very talented.

  6. m4a188 - May 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    He’s not all there, I wonder if his mental development will ever catch up to his physical ability.

  7. au1978 - May 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Wait, PBT posted CAMERA PHONE footage to accompany this article????

  8. jkirby317 - May 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    That was a Horrible call by the referee Tony Brothers.
    It is calls like that (make-believe ones) that makes people think the NBA is rigged.
    In the NBA you can video review damn-near everything… why was this not reviewed?
    What kind of punishment will come to Tony Brothers for making a call that he clearly didn’t see?
    Great Hustle Lance! Keep it up!

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