Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers Learn Valuable Lesson vs. Miami Heat

By John Raffel
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers realize they have some work to be done before they can challenge the Miami Heat for supremacy in the East.

They also need to get more out of their backcourt with Lance Stephenson and George Hill. Those two combined for only 13 points and were 3-of-10 from the field. They were outscored by Miami’s guards 49-13.

Stephenson has had a solid season for the Pacers, but obviously needs to get stronger and be more consistent. He saw 33 minutes of action and was only 1-of-5 from the floor and 0-of-3 from the 3-point area.

He wasn’t on his game, but it continues to be a productive season for Stephenson who is averaging 8.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and  2.8 assists per game. He has made so much progress for the Pacers this season, and his average minutes per game has increased by eight minutes.

His shooting percentage of 47.1 percent from the floor remains solid, though the Pacers would like to see him improve on his 3-point shooting percentage of 35.5 percent.

Stephenson received an education on Sunday from the Heat. He’ll have to learn how to play in Miami and how to beat the Heat. That’s the assignment for the Pacers in the next few weeks. If they do face the Heat in the playoffs, Miami will have home court advantage, and Indiana will have to beat the Heat at least once in Miami.

That won’t be easy, but it’s up for Stevenson to prove it can be done. He’s likely to get his chance within the next few weeks.

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