Lance Stephenson Gets Under LeBron James’ Skin In Cavaliers’ Third Straight Horrific Loss

Bryan Brandom
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We give a lot of grief, usually deserved, to officials across all sports when they screw up. So we’ve gotta give it up when one makes a tough, crucial, deciding call against the NBA’s biggest star in a game his team wants badly.

Props to this ref for noticing that LeBron James stepped out of bounds, ever so slightly, on a drive while attempting to beat the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

LeBron later took to Twitter to give the ref respect, too, but not without throwing another NBA official under the bus.

He’s referring to this no-call on a game-winner by Giannis Antetokounmpo against the Oklahoma City Thunder from two weeks ago.

LeBron had reason to be frustrated—after suffering consecutive blowout defeats, the Cavs appeared en route to a wide-margined victory of their own, leading by as much as 22 in the first half.

But Cleveland unraveled. And as they did, their leader got more and more visibly flustered.

He even fell victim, once again, to the irritations of Lance Stephenson.

LeBron blamed himself for that technical.

Lance was even there to bother LeBron after his doomed game-winning attempt.

“I just tried to get into him a little bit, tried to get him a little frustrated, have him thinking about me on the offensive end,” Stephenson said after the 97-95 comeback win.

It worked.