LeBron James on blow to Isaiah Stewart: 'Definitely accidental'

“There was a boxout on the free throw line. His elbow got kind of high, it got me — if you look, if you watch the film — it got me off balanced a little bit, and his elbow lifted my arm, and I basically tried to swim move, swim down on him, on his arm,” James said. “And when I swung down on his arm, he got off balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. And I knew right away. So, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head. So, I went over to apologize to him, and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that. But definitely accidental.”
Source: Dave McMenamin @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
LeBron calls blow to Stewart “accidental,” says suspension “some bulls***” nba.nbcsports.com/2021/11/25/leb…8:00 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Giannis and LeBron dominant in wins, Cedi Osman shines with 23 points in loss
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/12…4:36 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Fans ejected by LeBron said they hoped Bronny dies in a car accident? sportando.basketball/en/fans-ejecte…4:24 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
LeBron James has two fans sitting courtside ejected https://t.co/IGfRuVnyat pic.twitter.com/8iAuu4QmdR3:42 AM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
LeBron James, who returned in Indy Wednesday to lead Lakers to victory, told ESPN about missing Knicks game at Garden: “I was devastated. It’s my favorite place in the world to play so I was looking forward to it.” – 3:28 AM
Ric Bucher @RicBucher
Setting Straight The ‘Who Fears LeBron’ Debate shows.acast.com/bucher-and-fri… via @acast2:25 AM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: LeBron James spoke to ESPN about the first suspension of his career – how he found out about it, how he reacted to it, and how it affected the Lakers road trip in the end – after dominant performance in a come-from-behind win in Indy es.pn/3HPgrJD2:10 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
What a wild road trip for LeBron: Kanter. Elbow. Stewart breaking tacklers. Suspension. Ejecting fans. Clutch threes. 39 big points. – 1:39 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Watch LeBron drain 3 to force overtime, take over late to lead Lakers past Pacers nba.nbcsports.com/2021/11/25/wat…1:09 AM
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Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Reviewed the video & asked LeBron about the incident with courtside fans. Something definitely happened on the previous possession; he tried to alert an official.
LeBron: “There’s moments where it goes outside the line with obscene gestures & words that shouldn’t be tolerated” pic.twitter.com/XbSjBB50zt12:36 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James can’t do everything he used to do. But he still hits big shots as well as anybody.
On a night in Indiana that didn’t turn back the clock, but showed how James can still will the Lakers to a win when they need it: ocregister.com/2021/11/24/leb…11:35 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Here’s LeBron’s explanation of what he thought happened in the scuffle with Isaiah Stewart. He understood why he was ejected, but did not agree with the league’s decision to suspend him: pic.twitter.com/mu01aLUDa911:34 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Chris Duarte has now gotten public praise from LeBron James and Kevin Durant, and Duarte said in his post game media tonight that Melo gave him praise after the game.
He’s got a bright future. What a player he is already. – 11:05 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Russell Westbrook on LeBron: “Being able to close. He’s been doing this his whole career.” – 10:59 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Quick @LockedOnLakers postgame video reaction to the Lakers’ 124-116 OT win over the Pacers. Huge game from LeBron down the stretch, with a lot of minutes at center. Vogel should consider more of this look. @LockedOnNBAPods @LockedOnNetwork pic.twitter.com/sOQLVvphQs10:58 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron said there are some lineups that have been working well, and some things they can apply moving forward, but they’re still piecing things together, due in part to injuries:
“Getting healthy is the most important thing in our league … we haven’t (been healthy) yet.” – 10:57 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James doesn’t say what exactly happened with the fans who were ejected in OT, but says generally when obscene gestures and language come into it, it can’t be tolerated. – 10:56 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron believes Chris Duarte is “beyond his years” and said when the Lakers worked him out “he didn’t miss a shot.” – 10:56 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James said he has not been able to talk to Isaiah Stewart since the incident. – 10:53 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron said hitting Isaiah Stewart was “definitely accidental” and that he’s “not that type of player.” He didn’t think the suspension was warranted. – 10:52 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron said “frustration” and being “eager” to get back on the floor after the suspension helped motivate him tonight. – 10:50 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Vogel marveled at how LeBron (39 points, including most of LAL’s crunch time hoops) was able to QB the defense and still control everything on the offensive end. – 10:14 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel calls this LeBron performance “one for the ages,” noting how much he wanted to play at the Garden last night. – 10:13 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on LeBron’s performance: “What LeBron did tonight was a performance for the ages. … Obviously, he gets the game ball.” – 10:12 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
“[LeBron] James is a great player. He got hot,” Carlisle says postgame. Says the Pacers needed to do a better job denying him the ball down the stretch. – 10:10 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Malik Monk on what LeBron means to this Lakers team: “Everything, man. Everything.” – 10:07 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Malik Monk on @LeBron James calling out coverages as the QB on defense, especially when they went super small late:
“He knows everything. He knows every play.” – 10:07 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Malik Monk says situations like this with LeBron is what he “dreamed of” growing up. – 10:06 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Malik Monk: “It’s Bron … He’s the Jordan of our generation. We feed off of him” – 10:05 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Malik Monk on watching LeBron take over against the Pacers: “Shit, that’s what he does. That’s why he’s the GOAT, man.” – 10:04 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Malik Monk on LeBron’s heroics: “That’s what he does. That’s why he the GOAT, man. … He’s like our Jordan. Our generation.” – 10:03 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Games with 30+ points, 5+ rebounds, 5+ assists, 5+ threes after turning 35:
7 — LeBron James
4 — Rest of NBA history combined pic.twitter.com/qieUYQYiIz10:03 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
LeBron kept hitting the Pacers that old “Strive for Greatness” 3 & every time it dropped, they kept acting like it was the first time they’d seen it. – 10:02 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Interesting point from LeBron during the @SpectrumSN postgame interview with @Mike Trudell. He said when he’s at center defensively, he’s able to call out coverages to teammates very early, alluding to his ability to recognize looks and sets. AK – 10:00 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers get a much needed W, 124-116 in OT…10-10 on the Season…Lebron carries the LakeShow
-LBJ 39pts 6ast 5rebs
-Russ 20pts 5ast 7rebs
-Monk 17pts 8rebs
-Melo & Ellington 14pts each
Next Game, Fri vs Kings at Staples…Have a Good Thanksgiving Laker Fans
@ESPNLosAngeles9:58 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Impressive night by LeBron. Clutch shots down the stretch to end any kind of chance for the Pacers to get the W. Lakers get a much-needed W!
LBJ: 39 pts, 6 asts, 5 rebs, 2 blks – 9:57 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
A dry spell, no closer and going against LeBron. This Pacers team has made progress, but struggling to score late was costly.
Pacers lose 124-116, outscored 12-4 in OT and with LeBron scoring a season-high 39pts. Brogdon had 28.
Up next: Friday vs Raptors. – 9:55 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron James tonight:
39 PTS
5 3PT
The Lakers are 6-3 when Bron plays this season. pic.twitter.com/YzMgm7dr9R9:55 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron James has 39 points in 43 minutes to lead Lakers to 124-116 OT win over Pacers. – 9:55 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers salvage a 2-3 road trip by coming back from down 12 in the 3rd Q to win in IND 124-116 in OT. LeBron 39p 6a 4r 2b 1SamCasselldance 1Silencer; Russ 20p 7r 5a 9-of-11 FTs; Monk 17p 8r; Melo 14p; Ellington 14p on 4-of-6 from 3 5r; DweAndre Howdan 12p 20r – 9:54 PM
Andrew Perna @Andrew_Perna
LeBron doesn’t look a day over 29. – 9:54 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
LeBron alone drops 8 points in overtime, while the Pacers scored just 4 in the extra frame. Indiana trails by 8 with 4 seconds left. They are going to lose. The King was The King when it mattered most. – 9:53 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron and Wayne Ellington finish burying the Pacers, and Indiana takes a timeout down eight with four seconds, assuming to draw up a 9-point play. – 9:53 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lebron’s Stat Line…39pts 6ast 4rebs 2blks – 9:53 PM
Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
Bron said it was a wrap and it was a wrap. I’ll take it. – 9:53 PM
Mike Richman @mikegrich
Full LeBron experience in Indy: Loses his man in late game defense, gets courtside fans kicked out, aces an extremely difficult 3. – 9:51 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Pulls out The Silencer!!! pic.twitter.com/EW8Jl3nmAW9:50 PM

Mark Montieth @MarkMontieth
I don’t understand why the Pacers insist on switching so casually 40 feet from the basket and defending LeBron with a center. – 9:50 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
LeBron becoming more reliant on 3’s isn’t a detriment if he’s gonna shoot like a Curry brother lol. – 9:50 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron hits back-to-back 3s, the last to give Lakers 120-114 lead. Then he has palms down three times and shakes head towards fans. – 9:49 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
LeBron got a courtside fan kicked out and then hits ANOTHER huge 3.
He’s hitting and the Pacers, settling for 3s, are not. – 9:49 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Deep, deep triple from @LeBron James, his second in a row, to put LAL up 120-114. James has 37.
Still a lot of time, with 1:52 to play, into Indy’s time out. – 9:49 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
LeBron is hitting some unbelievable threes right now. Just hit a stepback 30 footer over Sabonis to give LA a 6 point lead. Have to tip your cap when he’s hitting those shots. – 9:48 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lebron Freaking James!!! – 9:48 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron! LeBron! LeBon! – 9:48 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron. That’s the tweet. – 9:48 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Fifth PF on Sabonis, as LeBron tried to box him out. – 9:44 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron has played 38 minutes, including almost the entire 4th Q, at center on defense containing Sabonis in the paint. – 9:43 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL opted not to take a foul with Indy dribbling inside the 3-point line, and the rookie, Chris Duarte, threw in a corner 3 to tie the game with 6.5 seconds left (Bradley may have been called for a foul had it not fallen).
LeBron then missed a deep 3 for the win. OT coming. – 9:42 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
What a shot by Duarte to tie it and he probably got fouled too. Set up by previous BLOB where LeBron lost Holiday and Indy got an open 3. – 9:42 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Chris Duarte makes wild 3-pointer over Avery Bradley and LeBron James misses 3, leaving the game tied at 112-112, sending to OT. – 9:41 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Chris Duarte hits a miracle 3 falling out of bounds in the corner and ties the game. LeBron James misses at the buzzer, and this game is headed to overtime at 112. Wow. – 9:40 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
LEBRON. with a little Sam Cassell and HMD cele on top. pic.twitter.com/YlxAyZo0sG9:37 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
LeBron reminded of who he is tonight. Understandably he doesn’t want to have to hit that gear night after night – 9:35 PM
Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
Bron doing the Cassell is absolutely the content I come here for – 9:35 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron preparing the huevos ahead of Thanksgiving. – 9:34 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Man, this arena ERUPTED after LeBron hit that three. – 9:34 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The LeBron at center lineup looked really promising for a few minutes against Boston and it’s been great tonight. That might have to become a staple if LeBron and Russ aren’t gonna be fully staggered, and it might even be worth exploring when LeBron plays without AD and Russ. – 9:33 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL’s biggest lead of the night comes at the right time. It’s a 107-102 margin with 1:42 to play, after a transition layup from LeBron, courtesy of the 11th Indy turnover, and their most costly.
TO’s now even for the night. – 9:31 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Sabois called for flagrant foul penalty 1 on LeBron James – 9:29 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron down on the court getting checked out after getting fouled by Sabonis. He gets pulled up holding a towel to his temple. Still haven’t seen the replay in the arena, but Sabonis was called for the flagrant. – 9:29 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Smart move by LeBron to get extra rest. – 9:28 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
This Lakerlineup is built to run LeBron-Russ pick and rolls. Over/under 0.5 in these last three minutes – 9:26 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Closers looking like LeBron, Russ, Melo, Monk, Ellington. – 9:26 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
What if Bron committed to being a center fulltime – 9:22 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Super small LAL group here: LeBron, Westbrook, THT, Monk and Ellington. Indy up 4, 5 min. left. – 9:19 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Two misses at the rim from LeBron after getting Sabonis switched onto him, plus Brogdon FT’s and a Holiday 3 in transition, and LAL are back down by 5 after tying it up on an Ellington 3.
LeBron will rest at the 6:18 mark, as Westbrook returns to try and turn the tide … again. – 9:17 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron tried to take Sabonis off the dribble twice and couldn’t finish either time. Pacers back up to a 5-point lead after a corner three. – 9:16 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL, who’ve been fighting uphill battles for most of this road trip, have pushed back again to get within range, down 93-90 after a pair of 3’s from Monk, then Ellington, both on LeBron assists as they picked and popped to 3.
Still 8:23 to play. – 9:11 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL dodged a few bullets with open Pacers misses, and took advantage on the other end, with a timely 7-0 run to cut the margin back to 3 at 83-80 as LeBron gets some rest on the bench.
Monk had 5 of his 9 points off the pine. – 8:54 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Rookie didn’t shy away from the moment. First time playing the Lakers, Chris Duarte got picked up by LeBron on a switch, challenged him and sank the jumper. – 8:47 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Great stat from @NBA_AU:
Josh Giddey, LaMelo Ball and LeBron James are the only teenagers in NBA history to reach 100 assists and 100 rebounds in their first 20 games. – 8:45 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Good wide screen from Jordan to free LeBron for a 3, which he nailed, as LAL trim what was back to a 12-point lead down to 5 at 76-71 at the 5:38 mark of the 3rd Q. – 8:42 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
It’s Pacers 66-60 over the Lakers at the break. Back from suspension, LeBron has 17pts. Lakers took 11 more FTs (+8).
Both teams shooting 50%. Brogdon has 14p, 5a. And the Pacers turned it over just once in each quarter. – 8:14 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
It was a 1-point game after a LeBron FT, but Pacers scored six points before halftime to create some separation, 66-60. LeBron has 17 points; Russ and Melo each have 12. – 8:14 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
At the Half, Pacers up 66-60…
-LBJ 17pts 3ast
-Westbrook 12pts 3ast
-Melo 12pts
-Dwight 6pts 5rebs
@ESPNLosAngeles8:13 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Some timely threes from Malcolm Brogdon have the Pacers ahead at halftime against the Lakers, 66-60. Pacers only have 2 turnovers, but 17 points from LeBron James has LA in this one. Outside of Brogdon, Indiana shot 4/16 from deep. – 8:13 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Indy got B2B contested 3’s from Brogdon to stem what’s been an extended Lakers push behind LeBron (17 points) and ‘Melo (12), where they’ve allowed limited good looks to Indy. – 8:12 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers challenged a hard pick by LeBron that was called for an offensive foul. It stands. – 8:08 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron took off just a liiiiiittle too far to throw down the hammer, but he laid it in, and it’s a 3-point game with 1:43 to go. – 8:06 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Important glass work from Westbrook in this small lineup (LeBron 5, ‘Melo 4), as he kept Sabonis on his back side, drawing the 3rd PF on Domantas, and earning bonus FT’s in the process.
LAL within 3 at 55-52.
It’s now 21-all on the backboards tonight. Jordan/Howard = 5 apiece. – 8:05 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
End of Q1: Pacers 31, Lakers 26.
Defensive woes continue. It could be worse because Indiana is getting a lot of back cut looks and dunker spot looks and not shootin well from three. Russ has 7 points; LeBron has 5, but has started 1 for 5 from the field. – 7:37 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Really good defense on the perimeter of LeBron by Myles Turner. Down in a stance, hand in his face and didn’t jump into a foul. Well done. – 7:23 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL have a chance to tie the game at 11 with 2 LeBron FT’s coming out of the first time out, at the 6:54 mark as things get underway in Indiana.
This despite 4 early TO’s (Indy has just 1), with the Pacers hitting only 5 of their 13 FG’s. – 7:19 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Brogdon starts the game on LeBron, Holiday is on Westbrook. – 7:13 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Another new starting lineup for the Lakers, with Davis out for the first game this season:
Westbrook, Bradley, THT, LeBron, Jordan – 6:40 PM
Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Lots of uncertainty exists as far as who is a go and who’s out on Thanksgiving eve. It sound like LeBron is in, AD is OUT and Darius Garland is good to go. SGA is OUT for OKC, which makes me giddy about a certain rookie’s assist + rebound prop. From @WagerTalk #NBA Tip-Off Show: pic.twitter.com/mXjFeAZCVl6:37 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Starting lineup: LeBron, Russ, THT, DJ, Bradley.
No Anthony Davis, as expected. – 6:32 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Davis had yet to miss a game this season, though he did leave the Portland game after 7 minutes (stomach illness).
Vogel said that they will play some zone, and that both centers (DJ, DH) will be needed. LeBron is also capable of “doing all of it” on defense. – 5:39 PM
Scott Agness @ScottAgness
LeBron James will play tonight vs the Pacers. Anthony Davis (illness) is likely out. pic.twitter.com/uZ9QULuUV45:38 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
LeBron James will play tonight, Frank Vogel says. AD most likely out with his illness, but not official. – 5:34 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron will start tonight, after serving his suspension last night. – 5:34 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron available but AD listed as questionable but most likely out, per Vogel. Fever returned – 5:32 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron is going to play tonight; Frank Vogel says AD is “most likely out” with his fever returning. – 5:32 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Rick Carlisle mentions at the top of his pregame comments that the Pacers have the “unlucky fortune of facing a fresh LeBron James” off of his suspension last night. – 5:26 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Imagine telling someone before the start of the season that, in a game they sorta need, the Lakers (w/ LeBron and Russ and likely AD all in the lineup) would be getting 5 points against an 8-11 Pacers team on Thanksgiving Eve … And that you still not confident taking LA! lol pic.twitter.com/ipcITcfQrA4:38 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Five observations from New York for @The Athletic:
— “We aren’t good enough to turn it off and on.”
— THT first three games: 70 points. Last three games: 10 points.
— The Lakers’ 4-7 record without LeBron James.
— Russ, Avery Bradley and more:
theathletic.com/2975021/2021/1…3:20 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
𝓷𝓮𝔀 𝓷𝓸 𝓭𝓾𝓷𝓴𝓼
@SethPartnow on whether LeBron + Lakers are in trouble, teams we’re thankful for, biggest NBA turkeys, Wedgie Jackson makes history + more!
📼: https://t.co/uT5uiE6WXT
🍎: https://t.co/XjSclyJYjS
✳: https://t.co/YpCkqbnDWC
🅰: https://t.co/v1qudKTb56 pic.twitter.com/LwtROzlnBX2:11 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers list LeBron James and Anthony Davis as questionable for tonight’s game in Indiana – 1:52 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Add #Pistons Cory Joseph (sprained right ankle) to the injury report, though he’s probable for tonight at #Bucks.
Isaiah Stewart (suspension) and Killian Hayes (thumb sprain) are OUT.
#DFS1:37 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
LeBron James (Abdominal Strain) and Anthony Davis (Flu Like Symptoms) are both questionable for the Lakers against the Pacers tonight. Ariza, Nunn, Brown, Huff, and Reaves are out for LA.
Caris LeVert (back) still listed questionable. TJ Warren remains out. – 1:34 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
The Backlash of LeBron James Vs. Isaiah Stewart | Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman Podcast w/ @Gary Tanguay presented by @calm & @LinkedIn twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…1:00 PM
John Gonzalez @JohnGonzalez
My position was purposefully misrepresented. My position was LeBron should have gotten more games than Stewart. I don’t blame Stew for being pissed. My lawyers demand a retraction @Michael_Levin & @SpikeEskin12:20 PM
Todd Whitehead @CrumpledJumper
Working on my first Big Data Bowl entry: tracking Isaiah Stewart’s 46-yard run against the Detroit coaching staff on Sunday 🤣 pic.twitter.com/W8rUdL64vH11:23 AM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
NEW @TheCrossover Pod w/@Howard Beck: LeBron/Stewart reaction, Lakers at one month, Kings fire Walton, the recent surge in Boston, more.
Links: bit.ly/2w1G5e2
YouTube: youtu.be/t9DvH6bacTE11:05 AM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: State of the NBA monologue touching rapid-fire on almost every team at the quarter mark, then @Kevin Arnovitz on LeBron-Stewart, Kings drama, Bulls and Wiz, more:
Apple: apple.co/3nIzdKO
Spotify: spoti.fi/3xv33pv10:02 AM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
News & Views: With Isaiah Stewart suspended, how will #Pistons deal with less size?: https://t.co/sTof8Rt0q3 pic.twitter.com/fi9Jyh7krK8:03 AM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Anthony Davis was surprised the NBA suspended LeBron James.
“The report came out and said his hit to the face caused the incident, which is weird because he can’t control how a guy is going to react. Guys get hit in the face all the time.”
Isaiah Stewart faces LeBron on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/285Q1ADTJ811:12 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Feel like there’s some local designers missing a golden opportunity with the image of a bloody Isaiah Stewart from Sunday night… – 8:05 PM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Shaquille O’Neal strongly backs Isaiah Stewart’s aggressive retaliation against LeBron James.
#Lakers #NBA #LakeShow
sportscasting.com/shaquille-onea…7:50 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey on rebounding without Isaiah Stewart: “It’s got to be gang rebounding … all the guards have to come in and help rebound.” – 5:51 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Casey on Isaiah Stewart as a person: “He’s a beautiful young man. Great family. … A sweetheart. … It’s in the rear-view mirror now. It’s behind us.” – 5:50 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey on Isaiah Stewart: “He’s a tremendous young man that you want to take home to your family…he’s a sweetheart and (the situation) is unfortunate.” – 5:49 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
News & Views: With Isaiah Stewart suspended, how will #Pistons deal with less size?: https://t.co/sTof8Rt0q3 pic.twitter.com/omtn0aEltw5:43 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
The Pistons have posted the NBA’s fourth-worst net rating this season and they’ll be without two starters in Killian Hayes and Isaiah Stewart tonight.
Meanwhile, three Heat starters are questionable vs. Pistons: Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson and P.J. Tucker.
So, yeah. – 1:53 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart suspended 2 games, LeBron James banned for 1, after altercation: https://t.co/rutjCsd8LA pic.twitter.com/DiXW58Wz9j9:02 AM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @ForbesSports
LeBron James To Miss Only Game This Season At Madison Square Garden With One-Game Suspension, Isaiah Stewart Suspended Two Games
forbes.com/sites/adamzago…8:32 AM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
As a result of LeBron James’ one-game suspension, he will forfeit about $284,000 in salary. Isaiah Stewart, who was suspended two games, will lose about $45,000.
This is the first time that LeBron has been suspended in his 19-year career: basketballnews.com/stories/nba-su…11:33 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
It got ugly and bloody.
So suspensions were inevitable for Isaiah Stewart and LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/aPGZjY8TtO7:35 PM

Larry Lage @LarryLage
LeBron James was suspended for 1 game and Isaiah Stewart for 2 games by the NBA for their roles in the melee Sunday apnews.com/article/lebron…6:32 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart suspended 2 games, LeBron James banned for 1, after altercation: https://t.co/l3TyQr1TB3 pic.twitter.com/arT3CRecnr6:20 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Details on the suspensions of LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart: pic.twitter.com/aXmHDSTSo76:20 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Pistons won’t have center Isaiah Stewart tomorrow vs. Heat, as expected. pic.twitter.com/Gv0tpn8ZiP6:16 PM

Bill Oram @billoram
With suspensions being handed down for LeBron James (one game) and Isaiah Stewart (two), here again was my look at last night’s festivities. theathletic.com/2970597/2021/1…6:10 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
NBA suspends Lakers’ LeBron James one game for “recklessly hitting” Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart in the face.
– This is the first time James has been suspended during his 19-year career.
– James will miss Tuesday game vs. Knicks at MSG.
– Stewart suspended two games for aftermath. – 6:10 PM
LeBron James suspended one game, Isaiah Stewart suspended two games for roles in Lakers-Pistons brawl
cbssports.com/nba/news/lebro…6:09 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
No Madison Square Garden for LeBron James on Tuesday night. James gets a one-game suspension for “recklessly hitting” Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart “in the face.” Stewart was suspended two games for “escalating” Sunday’s “on-court altercation.”
More from me: https://t.co/A6ycVmnrjq pic.twitter.com/mJ98x9SeR66:07 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
LeBron James, Isaiah Stewart suspended for roles in Sunday’s Pistons-Lakers altercation. Both will be available for Sunday’s rematch in Los Angeles sports.yahoo.com/lebron-james-i…6:07 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
As expected, no Isaiah Stewart on Tuesday for Pistons vs. Heat: pic.twitter.com/uUP9ruvXi76:07 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
LeBron suspended one game for “recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation.” He will not play against the Knicks at MSG Tuesday.
Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart suspended two games for “escalating an on-court altercation.” – 6:07 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Isaiah Stewart has been suspended 2 games without pay “for escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing” LeBron James. James has been suspended 1 game without pay “for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation.” – 6:06 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Here’s the NBA’s official release on the #Pistons Isaiah Stewart and LeBron James incident. pic.twitter.com/LP1N7WoZOT6:06 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
LeBron/Isaiah Stewart suspensions announced by the NBA: pic.twitter.com/yChCyG5nW36:05 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron James suspended one game for altercation with Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart, who who suspended 2 games. James will miss Lakers game at New York Tuesday night. – 6:05 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart has been suspended two games without pay for escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing LeBron James in an unsportsmanlike manner. (2/2) – 6:04 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Entire NBA release for LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart suspensions. pic.twitter.com/4PEuIoJChV6:04 PM

Jay Allen @PDXjay
Per the NBA, LeBron James has been suspended one game without pay for “recklessly hitting Isaiah Stewart in the face & initiating an on-court altercation.” (1/2) – 6:04 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Isaiah Stewart suspended for two games. LeBron James suspended for one – 6:03 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
LeBron James has been suspended one game for his altercation with Isaiah Stewart, per NBA. Stewart has been suspended two games. – 6:03 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
LeBron James was suspended one game and Isaiah Stewart was suspended for two. pic.twitter.com/H5SFXHYTHX6:03 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Isaiah Stewart has been suspended two games, and LeBron James has been suspended one game after their altercation during last night’s game. Looks like Stewart will be able to play in next Sunday’s rematch against the Lakers. – 6:03 PM
Steve Aschburner @AschNBA
Two games for Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart, one for Lakers’ LeBron James for Sunday’s altercation-plus. pic.twitter.com/JFUGaDXV3k6:03 PM

Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
The NBA announced Isaiah Stewart has been suspended for 2 games. LeBron James has been suspended for 1 game. pic.twitter.com/9qh2QjW1DT6:03 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Isaiah Stewart suspended two games, LeBron James suspended one game for their respective roles in Sunday night’s Lakers-Pistons altercation, the NBA announced – 6:03 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Pistons Isaiah Stewart suspended 2 games w/o pay for escalating on-court altercation by repeatedly & aggressively pursuing Lakers LeBron James in an unsportsmanlike manner. James suspended 1 game w/o pay for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face & initiating on-court altercation – 6:02 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
LeBron James has been suspended one game and Isaiah Stewart has been suspended two games for their altercation, the NBA announces. pic.twitter.com/2eHm1yjddP6:02 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James is being suspended tomorrow’s game for striking Isaiah Stewart. pic.twitter.com/BZzNc0N4Uc6:02 PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
LeBron has been suspended one game for hitting Isaiah Stewart, who has been suspended two games.
Didn’t think LeBron would be suspended considering Tuesday he plays at MSG for the only time this season … and on TNT.
His first game back: Wed. in Indy. – 6:02 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
LeBron James suspended one game and Isaiah Stewart suspended two games, NBA announces: pic.twitter.com/cF1e9Sk8vb6:01 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
NBA announces both Isaiah Stewart has been suspended 2 games and LeBron James has been suspended 1 game for the altercation in Detroit last night. – 6:01 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart will be suspended two games for his role in the roughhousing with LeBron James on Sunday. James was suspended one game. – 6:01 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The NBA says Isaiah Stewart has been suspended for two games and LeBron James for one for yesterday’s incident. pic.twitter.com/R8yNEyKcDW6:01 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The NBA has suspended Isaiah Stewart two games and LeBron James one game for their altercation in Detroit last night. – 6:01 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Two-game suspension for Isaiah Stewart. One-game suspension for LeBron James. – 6:01 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
2 game suspension for Isaiah Stewart, 1 game for LeBron James. – 6:01 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Isaiah Stewart is suspended two games and #Lakers LeBron James one game for their scuffle on SUnday. – 6:00 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
LeBron James has been suspended one game and Isaiah Stewart receives two-game suspension for roles in altercation during Lakers-Pistons. – 6:00 PM
Lang Greene @LangGreene
Almost 24 hours later and still believe Isaiah Stewart overreacted to the LeBron foul. – 5:39 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
LeBron reportedly tried to track down Isaiah Stewart to apologize nba.nbcsports.com/2021/11/22/leb…5:29 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
For the sickos who like to watch, Monday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast, YouTube version! Among the topics, could the “LeBron v. Isaiah Stewart” incident actually serve as a rallying point for the Lakers? @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
youtu.be/8O46Nbj3kt0?t=…4:52 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
New video: “It could have made us unravel or it could have brought us together,” DeAndre Jordan said in the aftermath of the LeBron James-Isaiah Stewart incident on Sunday. L.A. believes it was a moment that ended up making it a better team. My @SportsCenter report from Detroit pic.twitter.com/SiVjBFkFDV4:23 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Monday column: Right or wrong, expect #Pistons Isaiah Stewart to bear brunt of punishment from dustup with LeBron James: https://t.co/00mMDdsMDX pic.twitter.com/kkABZjcgHd12:15 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
When #Pistons Isaiah Stewart was charging toward LeBron James, it was Cade Cunningham who tried three times to put himself between Stewart and James. I asked him what he was thinking.
His response: “I’m trying to stop him from maybe getting into trouble … I don’t know.” – 11:47 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Monday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We broke down a bizarre win over Detroit, LeBron v. Isaiah Stewart, whether this can be a rallying point and why Anthony Davis has to be the Lakers’ best player. #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/leb…11:38 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Listen to today’s episode of The Starting Lineup with @Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine on Pandora!
🤼‍♂ LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart Ejected
🎙 Battle of the Broadcasters
🏀 Tonight’s Preview
🔊 https://t.co/RnjGbIpHLe pic.twitter.com/cw9jGkSN5S11:17 AM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
LeBron James opens as the favorite if he and Isaiah Stewart want to settle their feud in a boxing ring, according to @BovadaOfficial. pic.twitter.com/v77Z0bckY210:34 AM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Here are some LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart odds for the Lakers-Pistons game on Nov. 28 from @BovadaOfficial. pic.twitter.com/gUg03NwZGB10:31 AM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Royce Da 5’9 is going to have an Isaiah Stewart bar eventually and I can’t wait to see how he does it. – 9:24 AM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey to Isaiah Stewart on LeBron James altercation: ‘Don’t let this define who you are’: https://t.co/pRmlDtu7X4 pic.twitter.com/yZiujY1LVP8:59 AM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
LeBron James, Isaiah Stewart ejected after bloody scrap; #Lakers edge #Pistons: https://t.co/iRpJ4LZBEH pic.twitter.com/PLNU7ucUkE8:54 AM

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James, who said he has not spoken to Stewart since the incident, said his case was only made stronger in the days since the Lakers-Pistons game, pointing out how Russell Westbrook got a bloody lip from the Knicks’ Quentin Grimes on Tuesday and how James himself was hit in the face by Domantas Sabonis in the Pacers game, requiring a bandage on his eyelid afterward. “I hate to see that, what escalated after that,” James continued. “I didn’t think it warranted [a suspension]. I thought it warranted an ejection because of what happened after that. Having me, probably, still in the game and the excitement from the fans and what could possibly happen after that, obviously. But a suspension, I didn’t think it was warranted. But the league made that call, and we’re here today.” -via ESPN / November 25, 2021
LeBron James was napping in the city that never sleeps on Monday when the NBA announced that the Los Angeles Lakers star would be suspended for the first time in his 19-year career and have to miss Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. “Rob [Pelinka] called me. I missed his call,” James told ESPN of the Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager dialing in the bad news. “As soon as when I checked my phone and it was a missed call, I was like, ‘I know I’m suspended.’ “I mean, it’s some bulls—. But whatever.” -via ESPN / November 25, 2021

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