Lance Stephenson was one of the breakout stars of last year’s playoffs. The one they call “Born Ready” was given a chance to shine in Danny Granger’s absence, and he took advantage of it. Now that Granger is supposed to be back, Stephenson might see a reduction in his role, but proved last year that he belongs in the league.
David West is one of the toughest guys in the league and played a big role in the Pacers resurgent season last year that saw them push the Miami Heat all the way to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Resigning him cost the Pacers a bit of money, but will certainly be worth it when it comes playoff time this year.
Neither of the two are the Pacers best player, but they each play important roles on the team. Last night, the two worked together and ended up with one of the highlights of the night.
With the Pacers down 30-28 to the Hawks mid-way through the 2nd quarter, DeMarre Carroll was dribbling up top for Atlanta. Al Horford came over to set a pick, and Stephenson (guarding Carroll) and West (checking Horford) decided to trap Carroll as he tried to dribble to the right. The move worked, as West was able to poke the ball away where it was picked up by Stephenson. With West leaking out down the court, Stephenson, having corralled the loose ball, threw a bounce pass behind-his-back to a wide open West, who dunked it home.
The two points helped the Pacers on their way to a convincing 107-89 victory.
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