Pacers Guard Lance Stephenson Takes Terrifying Spill But Still Hits the Free Throw Like a Boss (Video)
Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson may not be joining teammates Roy Hibbert and Paul George at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, but he certainly is having a great year. So far the 23-year-old is averaging 14.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. That’s almost double what he did last year in each category, and it’s a big reason why the Pacers have been the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference.
Of course, you can’t measure a player in stats alone. You also have to observe the way he plays the game. And Stephenson definitely passes that test, too.
For example, if you look at the scoresheet for last night’s Pacers-Hawks game, all you’d see is that Stephenson sunk a layup midway through the third quarter and then converted a free throw to complete the three-point play. If you look at the play, however, you’d see that it was much more than a layup. Stephenson got upended while going to the hoop, but he still managed to make the shot before falling hard on his back. Then, after writhing around in agony for a few minutes, he slowly got up, stretched a bit, and took his free-throw.
Take a look:
Unfortunately Stephenson didn’t return to the game, citing a sore back. However, after the game he said “I feel good,” so hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup soon.