MIAMI (AP) — Lance Stephenson insisted he meant no disrespect. The Toronto Raptors thought otherwise, then made their feelings quite clear.
And the NBA got more Garbage Time drama.
Often, Garbage Time — the final minutes of a blowout — is either forgettable, unwatchable or both. But it’s been noteworthy lately, with Phoenix extending a loss at Boston last month with fouls and time-outs so Devin Booker could score 70 points and JaVale McGee’s late 3-point try against Washington earlier this week with Golden State drubbing Brooks’ Wizards.
The latest episode came Tuesday, with Stephenson making an uncontested layup with 4 seconds left in Indiana’s 108-90 win over Toronto instead of running out the clock. The Raptors, predictably, were not happy and got in Stephenson’s face to let him know. Some on-court arguing ensued.
“Bush league,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
“Tasteless, classless,” added Toronto’s P.J. Tucker.
Countered Stephenson, who apologized:…