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Lance Stephenson nails Norris Cole; Shane Battier retaliates (Video)

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Lance Stephenson Norris ColeLance Stephenson’s pest activities were out in full force in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night in Miami. Lance Romance was messing with LeBron James from the start of the game, and LeBron played back. But things got extra heated in the second quarter when Stephenson nailed Norris Cole in the face, as seen in the video above.

A minute later, Shane Battier retaliated:

At least Stephenson was rightfully called for a flagrant foul on the play.

Here were some other Lance vs. LeBron moments from the game:

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Frank Vogel yells at Shane Battier on 3-pointer (Video)

Frank-Vogel-screams-at-Shane-BattierThe Indiana Pacers were looking for any advantage they could get during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat on Monday. For evidence of that, look no further than the defense Pacers coach Frank Vogel tried to play on Shane Battier in the first quarter.

Battier, who is always good for one or two 3-pointers per game, had a wide open look from the corner after Indiana’s entire defense collapsed on LeBron James. As Battier started to shoot, Vogel screamed in his ear. It didn’t work.

Can Vogel save his team’s season by screaming louder in Game 5? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Video via @HPbasketball

Shane Battier’s ‘Battioke’ karaoke event was a huge hit again (Videos)

Miami-Heat-Ken-Jeong-KaraokeMiami Heat forward Shane Battier has been holding an annual karaoke event for charity over the past several years, and each year seems to be better than the last. The event is one of the most entertaining of the year and has brought us a number of Heat players and celebrities hurting our ear drums for a great cause. Monday night was no exception.

In my opinion, Battier, Greg Oden and actor Ken Jeong stole the show with their rendition of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way.” The fact that Jeong is 5-foot-5 and was standing between a 6-foot-8 guy and a 7-footer is hilarious in itself. He barely came up to their waists.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem — all rocking shirts that said “The Heatles” — also killed it with their performance of “Blurred Lines.” Two years ago, LeBron stole the show when he took the stage rocking a wig and sang “Super Freak.”

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Shane Battier’s promo for his ‘Battioke’ karaoke event is pretty funny (Video)

Shane Battier is holding a karaoke charity even on Jan. 27 to benefit his “Take Charge Foundation,” which aims to help fulfill kids’ dreams of going to college. The event will be held at the Fillmore Miami Beach, and tickets are $150 to attend. In order to promote the event, Battier released the funny promo seen above.

The blessing of the commercial is that we got to see some Heat players in funny costumes, and Battier in his swimsuit magazine pose:

Shane Battier pose

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Chris Bosh

We’re looking forward to this year’s event. After all, it’s at Battier’s karaoke event where we got the great videos of the Heat personnel singing. There was this from Pat Riley in 2012; Birdman and Mike Miller doing Vanilla Ice in 2013; and LeBron James doing “Superfreak” last year.

Shane Battier hits Denny’s to celebrate the Miami Heat’s championship

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Shane Battier is what I like to call “quietly clutch.” You rarely ever hear much about the Miami Heat forward and he doesn’t score many points, but when the stakes are high he seems to become more reliable. In the Heat’s Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, Battier drained six three-pointers. Miami needed him to step up after Ray Allen went ice cold, and Battier did exactly that.

After the game, Battier and some family and friends hit Denny’s to enjoy a celebratory breakfast. While his teammates partied the night and morning away with some celebrities and even one member of the opposing team, Battier and his humble self enjoyed a Grand Slam and a glass of ice water.

“Denny’s, a championship tradition,” Battier wrote on Twitter along with the photo you see above. “#Grandslam.”

For most players, back-to-back championships feel even better with a glass of Dom Perignon. For Battier, a simple chain restaurant breakfast does the trick.

Shane Battier knees Roy Hibbert in the nuts (Video)

Shane Battier Roy HibbertIf you thought Roy Hibbert wasn’t all there during the first half of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, it might have to do with him getting nailed in the nuts by Shane Battier.

Battier was driving to the hoop late in the first quarter when he was challenged by the Pacers center. In an instance, two forces converged at the same place at the same time: Hibbert’s groin and Battier’s knee. Hibbert’s manly region was on the losing end of that battle.

Hibbert still had 10 points and four rebounds in the first half despite losing two balls.

Below in GIF form:

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Shane Battier is rocking a sweet playoff mustache (Picture)

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The Miami Heat handled the Milwaukee Bucks with ease in the opening round of the playoffs, and they are now awaiting their next opponent. If the Brooklyn Nets are able to even their series against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, they could be waiting a while.

In the meantime, Shane Battier has decided to try out a new look. As you can see from the photo above that ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh passed along, Battier is rocking a fantastic mustache. It’s kind of a mix between a fu manchu and a handlebar stache, which makes it tough to label.

“I don’t know what to call this, to be honest with you,” Battier said when asked about it, according to Haberstroh.

Let’s just call it what it is — awesome. Does it rival Kevin Love’s amazing stache? Absolutely not, but with a little effort there’s no reason Battier can’t get there by the time the NBA Finals roll around.

H/T Deadspin