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Daily Jolt, May 27: Stephenson admits he screwed up with LeBron

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Stephenson: I screwed up with LeBron

Lance Stephenson spent almost the entirety of the buildup to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals talking trash about LeBron James. That didn't end so well for Stephenson and the Pacers, as James torched Indiana for 32 points in Miami's 102-90 win. So what did Stephenson have to say after James' big night? "I tried to get into his head, and I guess he stepped up and got the win," Stephenson said. That's putting it lightly: James hit 13 of his 21 shots, pulled down 10 rebounds and helped Miami pull away late for a 3-1 lead in the series. As for Stephenson, he was held to nine points on 3-of-7 shooting. Although Stephenson admitted that James was unfazed by his head games, he said that he wasn't going to back down anyway. "I can take the fight. I can take the heat." (CBS Sports) Comment

Randolph wants to stay in Memphis

It's been a strange last week for the Grizzlies, who nearly lost head coach Dave Joerger to Minnesota, only to pull him back at the last minute. The team is currently without a CEO and using an interim general manager, and owner Robert Pera is taking plenty of flak in the press for his bizarre handling of the team. But on the positive side, one of the team's stars has made it clear he wants to stay in Memphis, as Zach Randolph has reportedly started discussions with the team on a long-term extension. The 32-year-old Randolph has a $16.5 million option for 2015 that he can exercise any time between now and June 30, but wants to stay in Memphis beyond next season. The power forward averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last season for the Grizzlies in his sixth season with the team. (Yahoo Sports) Comment

Phillies' Lee suffers slight setback

Cliff Lee's return to the mound is going to take a little longer than expected. The veteran left-hander, who has been sidelined since May 20 with a strain in his pitching elbow, has not yet been cleared to resume throwing. The Phillies want to make sure Lee is completely free of any pain or symptoms in his elbow before they let him throw, which will push his timetable back a bit. "If I felt good today, it would be another week or so and hopefully I could come back after the 15 days are up, " Lee said. "But now it looks like it's going to be longer than that." Lee is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts and 68 innings for the Phillies this season. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment

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White Sox centerfielder Adam Eaton goes sky-high for a high five with shortstop Alexei Ramirez after Chicago's 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Memorial Day. (David Banks/Getty Images)

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