Pacers’ Stephenson wishes he had stayed quiet

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pacers guard Lance Stephenson says he made a mistake by taking his trash talk public.

Following an early afternoon shoot around Wednesday in Indianapolis, Stephenson said he and Paul George both said things they shouldn’t have.

Miami leads the Eastern Conference finals 3-1 and can wrap up the series Wednesday night in Indy.

NBA officials fined George $25,000 for criticizing the officiating in Game 4. George said he expected the fine after complaining about “home cooking” and saying Indiana “outplayed” Miami everywhere except the free throw line in Monday’s 102-90 loss.

But Stephenson faced the most scrutiny after suggesting, prior to Game 4, that LeBron James’ trash talk on the floor was a “sign of weakness.”

Stephenson said he should have kept his thoughts private, and he called it a learning experience. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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