Lance Stephenson, Juwan Howard have verbal confrontation prior to Game 4
According to Yahoo! Sports, Stephenson and Heat veteran Juwan Howard were seen in each other’s faces having a verbal clash while members of both teams were warming up on the court roughly 90 minutes before Game 4 on Sunday. Pacers assistant Brian Shaw broke up the incident before it escalated further. Howard retreated to the locker room while Stephenson continued with his warm up.
It’s still not clear what led to the dust-up or who started it, but this obviously isn’t the first time Stephenson has gotten under the skin of a member of the Heat this series. As the entire world knows by now, Stephenson displayed the choke sign in LeBron James’ direction during the Pacers’ Game 3 win. LeBron responded to Stephenson on Saturday by hilariously refusing to respond.
That Stephenson, 21, was able to create such a reaction out of a seasoned, 39-year-old 18-year vet shows just how irritating the second-year Pacers bench warmer has become for the Heat.
The Heat went on to win the game, tying the series at two games apiece. Stephenson and Howard saw a combined zero minutes of action.