LeBron James got ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul on Isaiah Stewart during the third quarter of the Lakers–Pistons game. LeBron threw an apparent elbow that caught Stewart above the eye and caused a substantial amount of bleeding. It took over 10 minutes and 6 men to calm Stewart down and escort him off the floor. Later it was announced the young Piston was also ejected, presumably because of his reaction after the fact.
“Not a dirty guy”
After the game, the media were informed Lebron would not appear in front of the press. Frank Vogel told reporters he feels coming back to win the game after LeBron’s ejection is “one of the things that can change the momentum of your season.” Vogel described LeBron’s elbow to Stewart’s face as “incidental contact.”
Anthony Davis said LeBron tried to apologize the moment he hit Stewart and explain it wasn’t intentional, but tensions exploded, and Stewart wasn’t very receptive to apologize in the heat of the moment.
Everyone in the league knows Bron is not a dirty guy. As soon as he did, he looked back and told him ‘My bad. I didn’t try to do it.’Anthony Davis, postgame conference
Davis continued to say he didn’t know what Stewart was trying to do, but the Lakers were not going to let anything happen.
Lakers comeback win
The Pistons seemingly had the game in their hands, but their lack of experience showed in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony started the comeback with a few three-pointers, and then AD took over the game. Davis finished the game with 30/10/6, but two other stats reveal his impact. With 4 steals and 5 blocks, Davis was a monster on defense, particularly in the crucial minutes of the 4th quarter.
The Lakers and Pistons play again in 7 days, probably without LeBron or Stewart on the floor.