There are many distractions within a game for any player to deal with, but one that Lance Stephenson didn't seem to mind was the trash talk said by Miami Heat's forward LeBron James.
On Saturday Miami secured a 99-87 win at the American Airlines Arena to clinch their second victory of the series and take a 2-1 lead against the Indiana Pacers; James scoring 26 points while Dwyane Wade added 23.
But after the game Stephenson made it clear that considering the visitors lost the game the trash talk that LeBron James was making wasn't affecting him in any way, commenting to ESPN after the game on Sunday that it is a sign of weakness heading into game four on Monday night.
"[People] used to say that to me. I'm going to do something to get you mad. Now he's trying to do it to me. I feel like there's a weakness and I feel like I'm doing something right to get underneath his skin."
James has been a key success to Miami this season and has carried the side to a number of victories to reach the play-off finals, as the two-time MVP averaged 27.1 points per game this season, but in the Eastern finals the 29-year-old has recorded 24.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and six assists.
The number six has been converting points to make difference in recent weeks hitting 25 in Miami's defeat to the Pacers in game one before scoring 23 in the win against Frank Vogel's men.
"I don't ever start it but I can get involved in it and still keep my head. Winning the game is more important. I understand what the main goal is."
Lance Stephenson hasn't been one to sit on the fence when it comes to psyching out the opposition as before the series kicked off the shooting guard had a dig at point guard Dwyane Wade, commenting that Wade's knee may affect him in this series.
Stephenson has also been grabbing the headlines for the wrong reasons, with his recent flop which led to the guard being fined $5000 in game two after Stephenson ran into an attacking James and fell theatrically to the floor.
There is no question game four will be a thrilling encounter as there has already been enough press to realise there are no friends during this vital part of the season, as it is all to play for come Monday at the American Airlines Arena.
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