The NBA world is currently gathered in mourning after what appeared to be a tragic incident on the court Tuesday night (March. 26). Nobody passed away or was seriously hurt, but somebody really needs to check on Jeff Green’s ankles after Lance Stephenson appeared to bake those bad boys.
JaVale McGee crouched down with his hands on his head. Rajon Rondo laid motionless on his back. And the man of the moment, Lance Stephenson, skipped backward into a wiggle dance after one of the most savage plays of his career.
With the first quarter expiring, Stephenson sized up Jeff Green and hit him with a crossover into between-the-legs and behind-the-back dribbles. The combination (and a step on Green’s foot) sent the 11-year veteran flying, and the Lakers’ bench into an uproar.
His defender completely shook, Stephenson made the highlight complete by sinking a mid-range jumper, shifting the momentum in the Lakers’ favor as they continued on to a 124-106 victory over Washington.
The bench reaction alone from the Lakers was enough salt in the wound but along with the Wizards taking the L, NBA Twitter had LOTS to say about Uncle Jeff and the crossover. But here’s why we say Sir Lance didn’t really do the damage as seen.
After video review, Stephenson stepped on Green’s foot before delivering the cross and jumper so it probably doesn’t count.
Check out the Twitter reactions below.
Here’s LeBron James shimmying after Lance Stephenson crossed over Jeff Green baaaaad: pic.twitter.com/z1FZTT1ukR— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 27, 2019
“... but Lance stepped on his foot.” pic.twitter.com/pzqpkxFMPo— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) March 27, 2019
Reporter: Lance Stephenson clearly stepped on your foot. Can you confirm? Jeff Green, with a smile and a few laughs: “I can confirm that he did step on my foot, but run with it. I don’t care. He ‘crossed me,’ if that makes everybody happy.” pic.twitter.com/YkztyUOwoA— Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) March 27, 2019
Lance Stephenson stepped on Jeff Green's foot. Move along.— Ben Mehić (@BenMehicNBA) March 27, 2019
(and yes, I'm overly protective of Jeff Green because he deserved better than what the Wizards gave him this year)
I promise none of Jeff Green’s boys will tell him it’s ok and doesn’t count cuz Lance stepped on his foot, they gon roast his ass for eternity https://t.co/X5tTGnAAyu— Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH) March 27, 2019
Stepped on his foot 😔🤧 poor Jeff Green he don’t deserve to be on this highlight https://t.co/7qqqn967jm— Reece (@Lil_Jimmer) March 27, 2019