By now, Lance Stephenson’s list of egregious acts from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals are well-known: He blew air into LeBron James’ ear, interrupted a Miami Heat huddle and got caught flopping for the second time.
The Miami Heat returned to the practice court on Thursday, one day after they squandered a chance to eliminate the Indiana Pacers on their home floor and move on to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.
The NBA announced on Thursday that Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert have been fined $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rules during Game 5 on the Eastern Conference Finals.
Paul George scored 31 of his 37 points in the second half Wednesday night and almost single-handedly kept the Indiana Pacers alive in the Eastern Conference finals with a 93-90 victory over the Miami Heat.
Frank Vogel stood with his back against a wall, seeming perfectly comfortable.
LeBron James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 25 points and the Miami Heat moved one win away from a return trip to the NBA Finals with a 102-90 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Heat forward Chris Andersen is inactive for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana with a bruised left thigh.
The Miami Heat will look to take a major step towards returning to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night when they host the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
In the 2011 NBA Finals, LeBron James spent too much time for his liking talking about his purported rivalry with an easily excitable guard named Stevenson.
Going back to last years Eastern Conference Finals the Heat and the Pacers had alternated wins every time they played, a 13-game stretch. Miami had won every single game at home so far in the 2014 Playoffs. Indiana had won five straight on the road. One way or another, something had to give.