The Jay Graves Report

How the Energy of Lance Stephenson pushed the Pacers past Toronto! “Don Dada”

"Yes Sir! I'm back in the buildin'!" Same swag! Same flavor!" Photo by Frank McGrath

Corita Kent once said, “Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.” Well playas…everybody inside of Bankers Life FieldHouse loved the moment on Tuesday night and the energy of Lance Stephenson seemed to spread like wildfire. After bein’ down by as much as 19 points in the first half the Indiana Pacers used the energy of #MrBornReady or as I like to call him the “Don Dada” to rally back to beat the brakes off of Toronto 108-90.

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Lance left the Pacers after the 2014 season to bet on himself. Well playboy…he lost that bet and now he’s back in the buildin’ he shouldn’t have ever walked away from. Now don’t get it twisted, he left because boyz played him crazy on his way out around this piece and as a young cat at the time he got caught in his emotions. He was hot and thought the market made sense for him to dip especially after boyz started playin’ him.

Remember when ole boy was blowin’ in LeBron’s ear in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals and he held King James to 7 points and 24 minutes because he got LeBron so frustrated that he was in foul trouble all night! Lance was the reason why they even got to a Game 6 in Miami bruh! But boyz tried to play my man like he was the problem!!!

After they got beat in Miami the followin’ Monday Paul George said publicly in front of the media that Lance needs to tone it down. Then everybody else took two steps back from that dun too. Frank Vogel said that he was cool with ole boy tryin’ to listen in on Miami’s huddle but that he crossed the line when he blew in LeBron’s ear. What!!?

Then some dun asked PG the ultimate question of would he like to play with Lance Stephenson next year and the dun answered it like he grew up in the suburbs, in which he actually did. Ole boy had the audacity to say, “I don’t know!”

Not to mention Larry Bird played him when it came to even tryin’ to negotiate a deal. He told the media that he wanted to re-sign him but only for the right price. By simply sayin’ that he essentially told the world, “Ima offer this dun what Ima offer him and that’s it. We ain’t tryin’ to negotiate nothin’! He can take it or leave it! But oh by the way, I really want him on my team.”  He didn’t even give the dun the courtesy of sittin’ down and negotiatin’ or even actin’ like he was goin’ to negotiate. So I understood a young cat like that bouncin’ but he needed them as much if not more than they needed him.

So on Tuesday night the Toronto Raptors fell off in the joint securely insulated in the third spot in the East and the Pacers were sittin’ out side on the Playoff Porch like Fred Flintstone and the Saber Tooth Tiger. They need every win they can get to even sniff the playoffs and Lance brought the energy that boyz have been missin’ all season long.

Even cats like Jeff Teague was feelin’ the passion of the Don Dada! Boyz were ready to pull their skin off they were so hyped up. Even when the Pacers were gettin’ blasted in the first half when Toronto was puttin’ that thang on them Lance was pumpin’ boyz up. Tellin’ them to “stay in it. We got this!” And cats started comin’ out of the ride and fightin’ for their sneakers and jewelry.

Paul George came out of the driver’s side door with 35 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Jeff Teague hit a boy up for 20 points and 6 assists while Thaddeus Young came out of the rear left door with 15!! Then #MrBornReady the Don Dada himself came out of the bushes with 12 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, a gang of energy and an attitude that the Pacers desperately need right now.  A dun that doesn’t care about the feelings of the opponent.

That’s why with 3.3 seconds left the dun got into a squab with boyz from Toronto because he played the rock up instead of just dribblin’ the clock out. Yeah, we all know that it is an unwritten rule but next time they need to write that joint down. Why? Because Lance is back!!! Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

2) Dip: verb – to leave

3) #MrBornReady/Don Dada: noun – Lance Stephenson

4) This piece: noun – Hood for this place

5) Playin’ him: adjective – to be disrespectful toward someone and to think that they don’t see

6) Come out of the bushes: verb phrase – to come off of the bench

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!