First, in the spirit of all things bizarre, here's the latest feature story on Birdman's cat-fishing scandal. Nice work by writer Flinder Boyd.
So much weirdness, but Lance Stephenson sticks out. I'm sure you've seen the video by now. At one point during the game, the Pacers' excitable guard tried annoying LeBron James by blowing in his ear.
I don't think Stephenson succeeded in annoying James, but the pestering isn't going to subside after James' poor game. James had five fouls in his first 13 minutes on the court and finished with just seven points, a career playoff low.
"Just playing ball," Stephenson said after the game.
"Buffoonery," Ray Allen called it.
Whatever is was, expect more of it on Friday. Yes, Stephenson's special brand of trash talk will be in full bloom for Game 6 even if that means his value on the free-agent market is withering on the vine with every eccentric outburst.