After the Pacers surprising game one victory over the Miami Heat, Indiana guard Lance Stephenson showed that he was capable of controlling his emotions.
For the rest of this tough series against the two-time defending NBA champions, Lance will have to continue to keep himself from getting too emotional and stay in-control of his play on the floor.
During the Pacers practice on Monday, Lance spoke out and said that he will calm down his normal antics for this series:
“Uh, playing against the Heat, I’ve got to calm down my little antics,” Stephenson said Monday afternoon after Pacers practice. “So I decided I’m not gonna do none of that. I’m just going to stay poised and just play with my team.”
Like a lot of players, Stephenson believes that his emotions fuel his game. So might putting them on a leash stifle his play?
“I mean, when I do some dances or stuff and get the crowd involved, I actually play better,” he said. “But if it’s gonna help my teammates and it helps me stay in the game, I’m definitely not going to do that.”
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