Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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The stage has been set for a war of words between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder before in their second-round Western Conference playoffs series has begun. Lakers forward Metta World Peace reportedly said Saturday night he would not shake the hand of James Harden, whom World Peace violently elbowed to earn a seven-game suspension last month. And he said Harden may have been flopping on the play. "I don't shake substitutes' hands," World Peace told ESPN.com after the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of their first-round series. Despite averaging 16.8 points a game, Harden does not start. However, he was selected as the league's Sixth Man of the Year. Harden was the recipient of World Peace's flailing elbow to his head April 22 that left him with lying on the court with a concussion. Game 1 on Monday in Oklahoma City will be their first meeting since the incident. Earlier Saturday, World Peace accused Harden of over-reacting after he was el...
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