Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 10:15 am  |  17 responses

Lance Stephenson Asked to Guard LeBron James in Game 4

After LeBron James repeatedly punished Paul George on the block in a dominant Game 3 performance, the Indiana Pacers needed to do something different last night to slow him down. Lance Stephenson put the onus on himself, asking head coach Frank Vogel for the opportunity to check the NBA’s MVP (who posted 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a losing effort). Per Fox Sports: “‘He asked to guard him. He asked to guard him,’ said Vogel, seemingly really wanting to really emphasize that. ‘He’s a competitor. We know Paul (George) is getting worn out a little bit guarding LeBron the whole game that he’s in there. Lance said, ‘Let me share some of the load.’ Stephenson did a heck of a job as the Pacers evened the Eastern Conference finals 2-2 with the win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Not only did he score 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, but he also helped hold the Heat star to 24 points on 8-of-18 marksmanship, with James fouling out with 56 seconds remaining. Vogel later was pressed on Stephenson having made the request. Perhaps he realized then this was something that could fire up James for Game 5 Thursday in Miami and beyond. ‘We were just talking,’ Vogel said. ‘Let’s not make a bigger story than that is. We were just talking about loosening the load on Paul. And we used Sam (Young) some and Lance was like, ‘I’ll guard him some, too.’ We’ll all share in it. It wasn’t about any major story there.’ [...] ‘If you are sitting here and talking about an individual one-on-one matchup between me and Lance Stephenson, I’m not going to harp on that,’ James said. It would be a surprise if James doesn’t use Stephenson’s request to guard him for motivation. For starters, Stephenson has hardly been the most popular guy during the King’s reign.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Dev

    Bron gon torch em in MIA

  • rkirby

    Got to admire the growth Lance Stephenson has shown over the last year

  • TV63

    Spurs did this to Randolph. Kept switching players on him and they wore him out.

  • LakeShow

    He is dumb, but plays with big heart.
    I believe he started out the game 2-10 FG’s…

  • playa

    Well,well, years goes by and suprise suprise we’ve got another Stevenson vs LeBron theme ha !

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    he just has to get better.

  • theDankerNuggets


  • Coca Scola

    Ron Artest 2.0 ?

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think sam young played him really well for some short stretches, i thought they were going to go back to him when george got in foul troubble. but kudos to lance

  • bike

    Born Cocky.

  • fruizm

    The Mario Balotelli of basketball!

  • LeroyShonuff

    Lance played Bron really well. Lot’s of good ball denial and stayed in front of him. If Lance can improve his jumper some next year, he can be an All-Star caliber player.

  • Roger Rogers

    haha not as crazy though.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    HYPE BEAST! lol get off the wagon kid

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    his speech needs to improve tho

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    slow as well.

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