Indiana Pacers will take on the two-time NBA Champions Miami Heat on Sunday night in the Eastern play-off final, but with tensions high Pacers' shooting guard Lance Stephenson recently commented on Dwyane Wade's re-occurring knee injury.
Wade has seen his fair share of knee injuries in his career; back in the 2006/07 season the 33-year-old missed over 30 games for Heat due to an injury that ruled him out of the season, then in the following year Wade suffered another knee injury ruling him out for 21 games of the campaign.
In 2012, Wade had his second surgery on his left knee and after this blamed the surgery that removed his meniscus 11 years ago on his persistent problems.
Stephenson's and Wade's history hasn't been the smoothest as during their regular season game back in March this year there was a sequence of pushing between both guards, this followed in Stephenson to make comments towards Wade after scoring a two-pointer before being ejected.
"I think his knee is messed up, so I've got to be extra aggressive. I'll do anything as much as possible."
Frank Vogel's men have been in this situation for two consecutive seasons, as last year they reached the Eastern play-off final beating the likes of the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks before failing to beat Erik Spoelstra's Heat; taking it to seven games in a 4-3 defeat.
Stephenson is only 23, and having started his professional career back in 2010 at the Indiana Pacers the shooting guard has averaged 13.8 points a game along with collecting 4.6 assists.
In Vogel's last game, when Indiana clinched their Eastern final spot beating the Washington Wizards 93-80, Stephenson hit 17 points and collected eight assists.
The Brooklyn born guard has featured against Heat four times in the regular season, and Stephenson has averaged 12.8 points a game, as well featuring for 35.8 minutes per match.
Dwyane meanwhile is a two-time NBA Champion and has held many honours in favour of the 23-year-old guard, as this season the 33-year-old has averaged 19.0 points a game along with collecting 4.7 assists.
In Wade's last game against the Brooklyn Nets the shooting guard recorded a massive 28 points; scoring more points than all his teammates put together in game five.
But against Indiana, Wade blitzed Stephenson's record averaging 21.8 points in the three games he has featured against the Pacers this season as well as averaging 4.7 assists a game.
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