Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 last night, several Cavs players were asked about the antics of Lance Stephenson, including LeBron James and Jeff Green. Others, like JR Smith, also made their feelings known.
Both James and Green found themselves tangled up with Lance in the final quarter as the Pacers looked to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Despite Stephenson's best efforts, which included baiting LeBron into a technical foul midway through the fourth, the Cavs kept their composure for the most part and walked away with the series tied at 2-2.
"He's not going to fight," Green said after the winning, according to ESPN. "I'm not going to fight. It's not worth it. I mean, if we wanted to fight, there's a big-ass parking lot out there and we can fight. But at the end of the day, my job is to keep my composure, go to the free throw line, knock one down and then move on. It's not worth it to give that extra energy to him."
LeBron also spoke about how he "should know better" than to give Lance that extra energy.
"I should know better. I've been dealing with this since elementary [school]. It's like I tell you a joke, you know, I tell you a joke and you laugh and you get caught. That's what happened. Lance told me a joke, I laughed, teacher caught me, now I've got to go see the principal. That's what happened."
JR Smith waited until he got on instagram to share his thoughts about Stephenson in Game 4, and he only needed one word and one emoji to make his point. Commenting on a video of Lance flopping, Smith wrote, "Straight [clown emoji]."
Game 5 (Wednesday night) should be quite interesting.