LeBron, on being tapped in the face by Lance Stephenson in Game 6: ‘I have no idea how I restrained’
May 31, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT
Lance Stephenson was told by Pacers president Larry Bird to knock it off with the non-basketball antics in ad vance of Game 6, but perhaps sensing just how desperate his team’s situation was, Stephenson simply couldn’t help himself.
In addition to committing a flagrant foul on Norris Cole that could have easily been an ejection because of the shot to Cole’s head, Stephenson went up and tapped LeBron James in the face during a dead ball situation, with the obvious intent of trying to cause his opponent to snap.
But just as he did during the ear blowing incident in the previous game, James managed to somehow contain his reaction.
“I don’t know,” James said afterward, when asked how he was able to keep his composure. “I have no idea how I restrained. I don’t know, I guess I just understand what the bigger picture is.
“It was uncalled for, for sure,” James continued. “That was — I don’t know. I’m at a loss of words with that, but it was uncalled for, and I was able to move on from it. I let him know how I felt.”
Pacers head coach Frank Vogel condemned Stephenson’s actions as being detrimental to the overall effort, saying that “it’s never good to tug on Superman’s cape.”
The Pacers have a big decision to make where Stephenson is concerned this summer. They don’t have the cap space to easily replace his skill set, but there’s no question that the way he’s performed this postseason has made it tough to justify bringing him back on a long-term deal with a large amount of guaranteed dollars attached.
Apr 28, 2015, 2:13 AM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 28, 2015, 1:14 AM EDT(Edit)
D-Will tied his career playoff high with this.
Apr 27, 2015, 11:23 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 9:56 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 9:01 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 7:58 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 7:17 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 4:59 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT(Edit)
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Apr 27, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT(Edit)
They need the swelling to go down to get a sense of his return,
Apr 27, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT(Edit)
Preview socks for the Cavaliers, Heat, Spurs and Warriors
Apr 27, 2015, 2:29 PM EDT(Edit)
Cavaliers gave him a chance to wait by sweeping Celtics
Apr 27, 2015, 1:49 PM EDT(Edit)
Rockets lost closeout game to Dallas
Apr 27, 2015, 1:12 PM EDT(Edit)
Wallace owed more than $10 million next season
Apr 27, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT(Edit)
What does Walker’s cratered draft stock say about Billy Donovan?
Apr 27, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT(Edit)
If that was their plan, they executed it well
Apr 27, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT(Edit)
Isaiah Thomas played, um, creative defense
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