Lance Stephenson returned to Indianapolis as a member of the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. As the Pacers squared off against the Toronto Raptors, Stephenson was welcomed back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to a standing ovation.
Stephenson was obviously nervous, and missed his first several shots. Once settled, the swingman came through with a pretty crafty dribble move to get a teammate a bucket.
But the real icing on the cake was the fiasco that happened with three seconds left in the game. Indiana was up double digits, and Stephenson went for a breakaway layup, violating the unwritten rules of basketball given the circumstance.
That didn’t sit well with the Raptors players, who then got in Stephenson’s face.
Both teams wound up at each other’s throats, with several technicals assessed.
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CHICAGO – NBA commissioner Adam Silver wanted to overhaul the schedule – including in-season and play-in tournaments – for the league’s 75th-anniversary season, 2021-22.
Instead, the Board of Governors vote planned for April was canceled.
Not because the ideas were unpopular, according to Silver. Because they were too popular.
“When we went to our teams, the Players Association and our media partners – probably the most important constituents in making changes,” Silver said, “the response we got was that, frankly, there was so much interest that they didn’t think it made sense to do it as a one-off.”
It’s easy to be skeptical of spin. But Silver is adamant.
“I strongly believe we will end up with some sort of in-season tournament and a play-in tournament,” Silver said.
The NBA will probably eventually have a play-in tournament. It makes a lot of sense, both competitively and financially. When those considerations align, things usually get done.
The league might even also add an in-season tournament. But it’s hard to find people actually enthusiastic about that idea.
Did Dwyane Wade violate judges’ agreement to keep dunk contest tied?
Gordon’s final dunk was better than Jones’ final dunk. But Jones dunked better throughout the contest. Does that mean Gordon got robbed? At that point, yes. But Jones should have won the contest before then.
The bigger problem is judging dunks on a 6-10 scale. They should be judged relative to each other, and Jones’ were better.