Paul George May Have Been the Best Player in Game 5, But Lance Stephenson Was Definitely the Most Annoying (Videos)
Prior to Game 4 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals between the Pacers and Heat, Lance Stephenson said the on-court trash-talking of LeBron James was a “sign of weakness.” And when LeBron responded by dominating Game 4, Stephenson backtracked a bit prior to Game 5. He said he shouldn’t have said those things because they were unprofessional, and that he’d chalk the whole thing up as a learning experience.
However, while Lance seemingly disavowed pre-game trash talk, he made no such promises to cease his in-game agitations. And last night, during the Pacers’ crucial Game 5 win over the Heat, he was agitating with abandon.
At one point he infiltrated a Miami huddle, which seemed to annoy Jeff Van Gundy more than Erik Spoelstra:
And of course, there was this:
After the game, a reporter asked LeBron and D-Wade if anybody had ever blown in their ears before, which was a perfectly reasonable question under the circumstances, but still pretty surreal:
In any case, it will be interesting to see what Stephenson has in store for Game 6. Maybe he’ll take a page out of J.R. Smith‘s playbook and start untying shoelaces. Maybe he’ll start giving opponents wet willys. Maybe he’ll pull a Rodman and come out onto the court dressed in drag.
Only time will tell.