Lance says LeBron shows 'sign of weakness'
Asked about his trash talking with Lance Stephenson in Game 3, LeBron James said Sunday: "One thing I'm not going to do is give you all a storyline with LeBron and Stephenson," who James the sign after missed a free throw during 2012 playoff series.
"I'm not going to do it."
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About an hour later, Stephenson said the fact James responded to his trash talking in Game 3 "is a sign of weakness."
Said Stephenson: "He never used to say nothing to me. I always used to be the one that say, 'I'm going to get under you. I'm going to do something to get you mad.'
"Now he's trying to do it to me. So I feel like there's a weakness. I feel like I'm doing something right, and I'm getting under his skin. I've got to keep stepping up to the plate and be more aggressive when he do that. It's definitely a sign of respect. I don't have no beef with him. It's just basketball. When you're on the court, it's no friends."
James said earlier in the day that he never coltsnflprostore.com/Nike-Ahmad-Bradshaw-Jersey.html starts trash talking: not much of a talker, but I can. I don't ever start it. But I can get involved in it and am still able to keep my head and understand what still needs to be done to help our team win."
Does trash talking make him more engaged? "Sometimes," James said. "Eastern Conference Finals, the competition is already high. You don't need it."
But Dwyane Wade said James got "closer" defending Stephenson after the trash talking. "It gives him a challenge, a game within a game," Wade said.
Considering Wade's comment, isn't it Robert Mathis Youth Jersey counter productive for Stephenson to trash talk James?
"I'm going to say whatever it takes," Stephenson responded. "I'm not afraid of him if he's going to be more aggressive on defense on me. I'm going to keep taking it to him. That doesn't bother me at all. love it when someone challenges me." Coach Frank Vogel said: "You don't want it to be counter productive, to give him a spark." But "I don't think it matters one way or the other, Andrew Luck Authentic Jersey if he's silent or if he's talking. Both guys are playing as hard as they can. I'll say [he should do] whatever he feels he'll be at his best."
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Paul George: "I'm not a trash talker. That's his deal. I try to play the right way. But I like it as a fan of the game."
Stephenson said the Pacers are like the "little brother" tired of being beaten by their "big brother." Vogel used that analogy with his team Sunday.
"These guys have beat up on us so many times," George said. "It's about time we get angry."Beyond offensive line, no Dolphins position has more uncertainty than cornerback, excluding Brent Grimes. Cortland Finnegan hasn't had a good year since 2011, and Jamar Taylor and Will Davis played just 110 defensive snaps as rookies last season and allowed 12 of 14 passes to be completed against them, for 17.3 yards per reception.
Because Miami made no effort to keep Nolan Carroll (now with Philadelphia) and Dimitri Patterson (Jets), Taylor and Davis project to be among Miami's top four corners. Joe Philbin said both will be given every chance to beat out Finnegan for a starting job.
"Those are guys we thought highly of; they had injury issues," Philbin said.
Taylor, selected 54th overall out of Boise State, was inactive for seven coltsnflprostore.com/Nike-Reggie-Wayne-Jersey.html games, partly because of a groin injury related to offseason hernia surgery. He played just 45 snaps and allowed all four passes thrown against him to be caught, for 100 yards.