Not many NBA players could upset an entire team, coaching staff and country with a single right-handed layup. Lance Stephenson, though, is one of the few who can, and he demonstrated as much on Tuesday night against the Raptors.
At the bitter end of a matchup between Indiana and Toronto that the Pacers were winning by 15, Stephenson took an outlet pass, meandered his way down court and dropped in one final basket. But the wingman had no real reason to score and probably should've just dribbled out the clock instead.
That's what Raptors players thought anyway, and as soon as the ball fell through the hoop, they took exception. Then they took some more exception, and finally, before leaving the floor, took just a tiny bit more.
Enjoy this video that captures the whole thing:
lance lays it up where he could've just dribbled it out. raptors took offense pic.twitter.com/9umCTKsWAw— nbaayy (@nbaayy) April 5, 2017
Three Raptors met him at halfcourt, while Cory Joseph chucked the ball from the baseline at Stephenson's back (things would've been even more entertaining if Joseph found his target, but alas, it was still a strong reaction). The two teams then engaged in a pretty serious scrum.
Afterward, Stephenson apologized and said he got caught up in the excitement of the contest. This, conveniently enough, comes on the heels of one of the most controversial airballs in basketball history that sparked a disagreement between the Warriors and Wizards on Sunday.
The unwritten rules debate in the NBA is picking up serious steam recently with those two events at the center of it. And while there's no chin music on the hardwood like there is in baseball when someone violates a rule, Joseph showed that if something particularly egregious is done, ball throwing will indeed happen.
The main takeaway of this whole thing, however? Basketball is more fun when Lance Stephenson is a part of it.