Sunday 19th November 2017,
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In First Game Back with Indiana Pacers, Lance Stephenson Angers the Toronto Raptors

In First Game Back with Indiana Pacers, Lance Stephenson Angers the Toronto Raptors

Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson’s second go-round with the Indiana Pacers is officially underway, and it naturally began with borderline mayhem.

With the Pacers up 15 over the Toronto Raptors at the end of Tuesday’s game, Stephenson received a pass from Paul George, dribbled about half the length of the court, and then went in for a layup. Knowing he could have, and should have, just dribbled out the clock, the Raptors were not happy:

Stephenson just strolled past the Raptors, clearly realizing he broke one of the NBA’s cardinal unspoken, and pretty stupid, rules. Toronto’s players still weren’t happy in their postgame interviews:

Stephenson, for his part, was apologetic:

And George took blame for throwing him the ball in the first place:

Whatever side of the fence you fall on, Team Lance or Team Tacit Basketball Discourse, we can all agree this is the only way Stephenson’s reunion in Indiana could have unfurled: with a victory, a few questionable decisions, and a borderline brawl.

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