Things are becoming increasingly testy between Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James, Stanley Johnson and the rest of the Detroit Pistons.

The fearless rookie took exception to a shoulder bump from James as each walked to their respective benches Wednesday night in Game 2, and James briefly lost his cool after absorbing an elbow from Marcus Morris.

Johnson makes the claim that he’s now in LBJ’s head with the series now shifting to Motown. Fun times.

Per the Akron Beacon Journal and NEOMG:

With 1:53 left in the first quarter, James hammered Johnson with his shoulder as the two were headed to their benches for a timeout. […] “It was a cheap-(expletive) shot, a cheap-(expletive) bump,” Johnson said. “I just wish he would talk when (the game) is 0-0, not when he’s up 16.”

 

“I’m definitely in his head, that’s for sure,” Johnson said. “I’m just trying to play basketball. […] “He jabbers and moves his mouth sometimes,” Johnson said. “Their whole team does, like they’re cheerleaders on the bench. Only seven or eight players play for them. I don’t know why the others are talking. They might as well be in the stands, in my opinion.”

 

This growing beef between James and Johnson dates back long before this postseason. Johnson attended James’ camp in Las Vegas two years ago, which was held just days before James announced his return to Cleveland. Johnson more than held his own in that pickup game, according to Twitter posts from people who were there.

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