The Indiana Pacers last night overcame an 11-point second half deficit to extend their series with the Miami Heat to at least a sixth game. This is good news not only for Pacers fans but also for anyone who hasn’t yet had his or her fill of Lance Stephenson.
“Born Ready” was in rare form last night. While his 12 points, five rebounds and five assists were respectable but not remarkable, he did plenty of things that didn’t show up in the box score.
For instance, here he is blowing in LeBron James’s ear:
James, who was maligned with foul trouble, scored a pedestrian seven points on 2-for-10 shooting. Maybe Lance was in his head.
LeBron avoided picking up a sixth foul, despite the best efforts of Stephenson, who delivered this fine-worthy flop in the fourth quarter:
Lance spent a lot of time on the floor in Game 5. Here, Roy Hibbert attempts to drag his teammate across the floor so that they can set up the offense:
Finally, here’s Stephenson listening in on the Heat’s huddle:
There’s no question that Playoffs-with-Lance > Playoffs-without-Lance. Let’s just hope that Stephenson doesn’t decide to sign with whatever lottery team is willing to grossly overpay him this offseason.