Jeff Green on Lance Stephenson: 'Big-Ass Parking Lot' to Fight If We Wanted

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2018

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) ties up Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Stephenson was charged with a foul. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 104-100. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Jeff Green isn't going to fight Lance Stephenson. Lance Stephenson isn't going to fight Jeff Green.

But if the two were to go at it, Green knows where things could go down. 

"Honestly, it was nothing," Green told ESPN's Dave McMenamin of his late-game scuffle with Stephenson. "I mean, I may have reacted because I'm not going to allow him to do what he did, but other than that, it's nothing.

"He's not going to fight. 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."

Green and Stephenson got tied up with nine seconds remaining in the game when the latter got called for a foul while attempting to force a jump ball. Stephenson took Green to the ground, and the two got into a brief skirmish.

The whole situation was a mess that saw boos rain down upon the officials at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Those watching saw a referee closest to the action call a jump ball, and the officiating crew then went to the monitors to assess whether Green had committed a "hostile act" shoving Stephenson.

Had he been assessed a technical, the Pacers could have been potentially down just two points with a chance to get the ball back on a jump. Instead, the referees declined to give Green a technical and sent him to the free-throw line as another referee had called Stephenson for a foul before the jump ball had occurred.

Stephenson had finally gotten under the skin of LeBron James earlier in the game, with a slight shove resulting in the four-time MVP receiving a technical.

"I mean, I shouldn't have even gotten a tech in the first place," James said. "There's a timeout called and this guy's following me to my bench. I gave him a little nudge and he falls to half court. Come on. But I should know better. 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."

The Cavs' 104-100 victory evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2 heading back to Cleveland for Game 5.


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