Lance Stephenson Pointed Out The Raptors Hypocrisy Over His Late Layup
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 13:19
The Raptors are playing in the second half of a back-to-back set after suffering an ugly 108-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday which saw the Dinos blow a 19-point first half lead.
Within the scoring aspect of the game, the Pacers were led by George, who continued his elite level play with a 35 point, 10 rebound double double.
The game ended with the Raptors incensed at Indiana's Lance Stephenson, who made a meaningless layup with 3.3 seconds left.
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and P.J. Tucker were offended by what they felt was an unnecessary layup by Stephenson, the Pacers' fiery guard.
DeRozan told reporters after the tilt that the play was "disrespectful to the game", while Tucker called the play "classless" and "tasteless".
"I thought we came out and kind of got them out of their comfort zone, kind of speed their game up", Anthony said. "He wants it just as much as we do". I didn't mean any harm. The crowd was chanting me on and I just wanted to do it for the fans. Thaddeus Young had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
"I was caught in the moment", he said.
It's nearly impossible to think Tucker doesn't know who Stephenson is. McMillan said Stephenson is excited to be back with IN and have an opportunity to play again for a club where he's had some success.
"Maybe this will be the fight that we have to put up to really get us going", guard Kent Bazemore said after Tuesday's practice. That will be followed by a home game on Friday against another contender for one of the remaining spots, Miami, before finishing on the road against NY and Cleveland.
IN trailed by nine less than four minutes in as the slow-reacting defense allowed the Raptors to score at will. Toronto surged to a 26-18 advantage by the end of the quarter on the strength of 50 percent shooting.
But despite the Pacers' double-digit lead, there was still plenty of drama in the closing seconds.
"It's all 6", said George, referring to Stephenson's jersey number.
The Pacers shot 9-of-13 on three-pointers in the second half and surged to an 11-2 run to open the fourth quarter that the Raptors were never able to bounce back from.
Stephenson, Tucker and DeRozan all received technical fouls.
The Indiana Pacers knew they were rolling the dice on an incredibly unpredictable player when they re-signed the enigmatic Lance Stephenson late last month.
NOTES: Indiana played without C Al Jefferson (sprained left ankle) and G/F Glenn Robinson III (sore left calf). In fact, thanks to he and George, the Pacers actually outrebounded the Raptors.
The Pacers next host Milwaukee on Thursday.