On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers continued their sweep of the playoffs when they defeated the Toronto Raptors 125-103 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
One of the biggest talking points of the game was when LeBron James made the decision to spin the ball on his hand in front of Raptors forward Serge Ibaka before making a three-pointer over the top of him.
Many think James was taunting Ibaka with his ball spinning antics, and that it was a sign of disrespect towards his opponent. The man himself does not believe this at all.
The four-time MVP has said the action was a mental thing and not a sign of disrespect. He insisted he was only doing it to set up his offensive attack, and that if the Raptors forward was able to steal the ball from him at the time, no one would be talking about the incident.
James told ESPN ahead of Game 3 of Cavaliers-Raptors: "It's bait. If [Ibaka] would have reached in, I would have put it on the floor. It was a mental thing. Everything I do is mental.
"I was just basically in my zone, in my comfort zone, and after I spun the ball and I jabbed him, I seen what I needed to see from the defender to be able to get that shot off. If I didn't see it, I would have drove it, and if I didn't have the drive, I would have gave it up and let one of my teammates attack.
"What if I missed the shot? What if he stole the ball? We wouldn't be talking about it."
Kyle Lowry has said he didn't have a problem with James' antics, as he was more concerned with his team's defense being so incompetent against him that allowed him to try such a move.
The Raptors point guard said: "I was pretty upset, [but] not that he did it. He should spin the ball. He's comfortable. We can't let him be comfortable. We have to make him uncomfortable. He's in a situation right now where he's playing very comfortably and the things he's doing is comfortable. If I was comfortable, I would do the same thing."
Toronto's head coach Dwane Casey told reporters that he wants his team to use the incident, as well as other things that have happened (such as James' beer incident) as fuel to get back into the series.
We'll have to wait and see if there is any more ball spinning when the two teams meet again for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals later tonight at the Air Canada Centre.