The Miami Heat are off the their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance after downing the Indiana Pacers in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. But while the Heat are the most dominant team in basketball at the moment, the series is going to be talked about into the summer for how Lance Stephenson acted for most of the six games the Pacers played.
Let’s go ahead and use ‘played’ lightly too.
But to his credit, Stephenson did hustle at times during the series but he could have scored 100 points in each game and would still be remembered for the ear blow he gave to LeBron James in Game 5. Aside from that, his antics including bumping LeBron, tapping LeBron and even giving up a little flip to his chin.
Through all the antics though, LeBron and Stephenson found each other after Game 6 and hugged it out.
Stephenson doesn’t look too pleased, but his team is going home so we don’t expect him to be ecstatic. Still, the antics he pulled during the series was some vintage tomfoolery and it helped make this series a lot more fun than the blowout snoozefest going on in the Western Conference at the moment.
He’s a free agent now and will have to decide between returning to the Pacers for less money or taking a fat pay raise in a market like New York, Chicago and possibly even Los Angeles.
But no matter where he lands, we will always have the ear blow on LeBron James, although the only thing that was blown tonight was the Pacers chances at having a respectable exit from the postseason.