Paul George told the media before game four that he can appreciate Lance Stephenson’s genuine approach to competition, but he believes his Pacers teammate is barking up the wrong tree when it comes to LeBron James.
Stephenson says that James’ trash talking is a sign of weakness. George thinks his teammate should be careful about what he wishes for.
“Lance is genuine,” Pacers forward Paul Georgesaid. “Sometimes he needs to keep things more in house and be a little more modest.”
“He’s doing it to the wrong guy. He’s barking up the wrong tree. LeBron is the same way, he feeds off that kind of energy,” he said.
Stephenson is averaging 17 points and seven assists in the series, and he’s become a growing target for the Heat both within the game and on the periphery of the series.
“It’s LeBron, he’s the best player in the world,” Chris Bosh said. “If [Stephenson] getting it in his head is averaging 27 points, I hope he stays there.”
Stephenson refused to back down in light of his comments.
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“I don’t mind it, I don’t care how [LeBron] feels. I’m up for any challenge,” Stephenson said. “I love it when people challenge me, I like to bring out the best in people. That’s how I am, I have to get the win tonight. When I talk junk, it makes me happier in my job. I like the challenge, I like to force myself to do my job.”