The LA Lakers will face Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. This game will be an interesting one considering how the last game went. It was certainly nothing to brag about and shown as something fruitful.
On most nights it would be the Lakers’ 17-point comeback that would have been the story. It was instead the scrap between superstar LeBron James and Pistons big man Isaiah Stewart that was everywhere.
James struck Stewart with a hard blow while jostling for a rebound. It left Stewart bloodied and enraged, attempting to chase down James multiple times, bullying through security, his teammates and other Lakers players.
The November 21 incident resulted in James being suspended for one game and Stewart banned for two. Now, they’ll see each other again for the first time since on Sunday night and the Lakers have “raised awareness” of possible retaliation. Laker’s coach said that they are all pros in this and he would not appreciate any later incidents.
Stewart has a bit of history with causing some issues with stars around the league, from James, to Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nets forward Blake Griffin. Pistons are highly unlikely to respond with fireworks. Moreover, Piston’s Coach said:
“Isaiah is nowhere near what you saw in the video. I think if you put nine men in that same situation, they probably would’ve reacted — right, wrong or indifferent — in the same manner. Maybe not as extended as Isaiah took it, which was unfortunate, He is the kind of kid you want to take home to your family. Again, that was not a portrait of who he is as a man. Love him. He’s a part of our family. And for us, that’s in the rearview mirror.”
The Lakers are a 9.5-point favorite against the Pistons on Sunday. This would be a nail biting matchup. There will be tensed nerves and expectations would be limitless. It will be a spectacle to see these two giants fight all the physical and mental battles between these two giants.