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Lance Stephenson Shows His Toughness In Indiana Pacers Loss

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Spor

Lance Stephenson is getting tougher as an NBA player for the Indiana Pacers.

He proved that Saturday night in his team’s 87-84 loss against the Chicago Bulls. Late in the third quarter, Chicago guard Nate Robinson lost the ball at one end and then ran down to the other end of the court to drag down Stephenson.

Robinson was tossed from the game with a flagrant two-foul call.

After the game, Stephenson  took the play in stride, saying that Robinson didn’t have a choice but to do what he did. Robinson, as Stephenson put it, was just playing basketball.

In his third year in the NBA, Stephenson is averaging 8.3 points, 2.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds a game. His scoring has been off lately, although he did net 10 points against the Bulls. His shooting percentages of 45.3 percent from the floor and 28.9 percentage from the stripe are up this season compared to his career marks, and the Pacers have been giving him a lot of minutes. He’s seen action in 68 games and has started 62 with an average of 28.9 minutes, which is almost eight minutes more per game than a year ago.

He continues to improve in all areas of his game significantly compared to his first two seasons. His shooting has especially gotten better.

As the regular-season heads into its final weeks, Stephenson needs to use the experience with Robinson to get tougher both mentally and physically and be able to deliver in the clutch for Indiana. He could prove to play a critical role for the Pacers in the playoffs.