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Lance Stephenson loses mind in Game 1

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One of the wild cards on the Memphis Grizzlies is Lance Stephenson. Ever since he joined the league in 2010, Stephenson has been a polarizing player. His on court antics are entertaining to say the least. How long a team puts up with them largely depends on how productive he is. Going against the San Antonio Spurs, the second best team in the Western Conference, Stephenson was going to be an X-factor. In one way, he was as he lost his mind after a frustrating sequence.

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In Stephenson's defense, it can be quite frustrating and infuriating to be covered by Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs. He's an extremely intense defender who is relentless when he covers someone. Stephenson lost his cool thanks to Leonard's defense. Advantage Spurs.

He has done well with the Grizzlies in 26 games. Since joining them, Stephenson has a career best 14.2 points per game average primarily coming off the bench in an offensive role. He has also averaged 4.4 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. Stephenson will have to keep his cool.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 01: Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks fouls LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philips Arena on April 1, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Jeff Green #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers has his layup blocked by Salah Mejri #50 of the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of the basketball game at Staples Center April 10, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - MARCH 23: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat has his shot blocked by Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on March 23, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets battles Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the ball during their game at the Barclays Center on January 20, 2016 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 4: T.J. McConnell #12, Ish Smith #1, and Nerlens Noel #4 of the Philadelphia 76ers react after a timeout in the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 4, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Timberwolves 109-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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