There were moments during Sunday’s Game 4 between the Bulls and Celtics that got chippy, including an altercation between Jimmy Butler and Marcus Smart in the second quarter.
When asked after the game about the incident, Butler predicted we won’t see Smart go after him again for the rest of the series.
So while he’s not defending James for the majority of the game, there are stretches where he matches up against the MVP candidate. So what’s his trick to stopping him?
You just gotta tame him, Stephenson told USA TODAY Sports. He’s playing so well right now. His jump shot has really improved. Just gotta get into him, make him pass the ball. Make his teammates make decisions.
In his 13th season, James put up career highs in assists and rebounds, and is near the top in most major categories. He has carried that success into the postseason with stellar play to take a 2-0 series lead over Indiana.
The Pacers will need Stephenson’s defense, and a collective effort to tame The King on Thursday when they meet for Game 3.
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What happened: An even battle between the Western Conference’s four and five seeds went down Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom to the wire, but the Jazz ultimately made the clutch plays to capture a 3-2 lead in the series. Gordon Hayward looked 100 percent after a rough bout with food poisoning forced him off the floor in Game 4. The former Butler star hit his first three shots of Game 5, all 3-pointers, and finished with 27 points in 41 minutes. Rudy Gobert’s presence was also felt in only his second game Cheap Hockey Jerseys For Sale of the series. Gobert filled up the box score with 11 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and two blocks.