LeBron James has averaged 24.3 points against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson said LeBron James joining in on trash talking during Game 3 showed he is getting under the superstar's skin, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
Speaking at Pacers' practice the day after the team lost to the Miami Heat 99-87, Stephenson said he felt as though his verbal jabs were beginning to impact the four-time MVP.
"To me, it's a sign of weakness. [People] used to say that to me. I'm going to do something to get you mad. Now he's trying to do it to me. I feel like there's a weakness and I feel like I'm doing something right to get underneath his skin."
James and Stephenson were seen talking to each other throughout the first half of Game 3, but the Heat star said it does not distract him from the game.
"I'm not much of a talker but I can," James said. "I don't ever start it but I can get involved in it and still keep my head. Winning the game is more important. I understand what the main goal is."
Stephenson explained he enjoys arguing with opposing players "as long as it doesn't escalate to a fight," according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports.