Heat-Pacers: Lance Stephenson Makes Choke Sign, Gets Leveled by Dexter Pittman

Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterMay 23, 2012

While we cannot prove that Dexter Pittman meant to elbow Lance Stephenson, Pittman's wink probably is as good as a confession. The backstory is that Stephenson made a choke signal after LeBron James missed a Game 3 free throw. This led to an altercation between Stephenson and Juwan Howard right before Game 4 began.

So, in Game 5 garbage time, after an exchange of flagrants, Pittman flew in Stephenson's direction, possibly injuring the Indiana reserve wing. I don't know what the point of this kind of justice is, and it might increase the odds that Udonis Haslem gets suspended for his Flagrant 1 foul of Tyler Hansbrough. As for Dexter Pittman, I think the worst punishment would be to make that guy play a full 48 minutes.