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Tale of the Tape: Mind Games- Ear Blowing vs Untying Shoelaces

Ear Blowing
Untying Shoelaces
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JR-Smith
The Mental Advantage
Winner Stephenson has no fear guarding the best player in the NBA but he had to think of another way to stop James from dominating. LeBron sat out most of the game due to foul trouble, not due to an ear injury. Pacers got the win, 93-90.
Zero advantages, Marion bent down, tied his shoelaces back up and continued to play. This tactic didn't go unnoticed but mentally Marion wasn't distracted.
The Consequences
Winner Stephenson was not fined for his ear blowing tactic, instead he is just being criticized by the entire sports media world.
Smith was fined $50,000 for his recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct of untying shoelaces. Smith had an abysmal season and had no room for negative attention. He's been fined at least $910,000 in his career.
The Maturity Level
Winner Ear blowing originates in the early teenage stages, whether a kid thinks they're flirting with their crush or joking around with their friend.
Untying shoelaces started for children between the ages of 5 and 7. Younger than that, children wear velcro straps on their shoes. Smith is 28 years old.

The Winner Is

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Winner Ear Blowing
3 out of 3

The winner: Lance Stephenson.
Although his tactics are just as immature as J.R Smith's, he was creative with making sure not to injure anyone while still trying to alter their game. I have respect for Stephenson always wanting to challenge himself with guarding the best player and having no fear on the court. He is also lightweight, mentally unstable. Smith is a turd who needs to just grow up and start playing basketball again.

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