Howard, Stephenson have confrontation
Miami Heat veteran Juwan Howard and Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson had to be separated during a confrontation at Sunday’s shootaround prior to Sunday afternoon’s Game 4 in Indianapolis, according to ESPN.
The two had been involved in a scuffle in Indianapolis on March 26 that led to Howard being ejected.
On Saturday, Stephenson angered some of the Heat players when he made a choke sign at LeBron James after James had missed a free throw during the Heat’s Game 3 loss.
Stephenson apologized to the Heat on Saturday for the incident, and James said he dismissed the comment and was not concerned about it.
On Sunday, Howard walked to the Pacers’ side of the court during warm-ups and talked to Stephenson. The two spoke for a few moments and were chest to chest before several Pacers players stepped between them.
On Saturday, according to the Indianapolis Star, Howard went to the Pacers’ locker room area looking for Stephenson. He did not talk to Stephenson then.
Stephenson has annoyed Heat players with his sideline banter during games, according to sources. Neither Howard nor Stephenson has played in the series other than in the closing seconds of Game 3.