Apr 19, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) plays defense against the Atlanta Hawks in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Lance Stephenson did not want to come out (photo)

After trailing for a majority of the first half in their game 2 matchup with the Atlanta Hawks, the Indiana Pacers finally regained the lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks 31-13 in the third to turn a 52-48 deficit into a 79-65 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Pacers’ guard Lanrd Lance Stephenson was perhaps one of the biggest reason for the third quarter turnaround, taking control of the game and getting to the rim off of the dribble, creating for both himself and his teammates.

While he was playing well in the third quarter, Pacers’ head coach Frank Vogel decided to sub Stephenson out of the game in an apparent effort to get him extra case in case they have to play a competitive fourth quarter.

Stephenson was clearly not very happy about being removed from the game at such a key time and Hardwood Parxoysm’s Matt Moore caught it.

Stephenson has seven points, five assists and three rebounds.

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  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce

    Definitely thought this subject meant come out of the closet.