Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger has drawn a technical foul in the last three games of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat. Those technicals were issued because of altercations between Granger and Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. At Tuesday morning’s shootaround, James fought back verbally against Granger, according to USA Today.
“It’s not going to work, whatever he’s trying,” James said. “It’s not getting me off my game either. I don’t know what he’s trying, honestly. It doesn’t matter to me.
“Nobody’s fighting on the basketball court. C’mon. No one’s going to fight. I’m not going to fight because I mean too much to our team, and I can’t afford to be suspended for a game or do something stupid to get me kicked out of a playoff game.”
“If he’s trying to do it for his own self confidence … He’s told you guys already, ‘I’m not scared of LeBron.’ So I guess he’s doing it for his own psyche. I don’t know. It’s stupid.”
In the same article, Granger admitted that his on-court attitude is meant to act as an inspiration for his team.
“There is a line, and I’m tiptoeing it,” Granger said. “But I think it’s just a product of the chip that I think I have on my shoulder, that we have on our shoulder as a team of not being respected, not just this series but all year.”
Game Five of the best-of-seven series tips off tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The series is currently tied at two games apiece.