Stephenson: Cavs will ‘panic’ if they lose Sunday night

Lance Stephenson (left), shown celebrating with Bojan Bogdanovic after the Pacers' 92-90 win Friday night, says Indiana is in "full control" of the series.

Lance Stephenson has never been shy about expressing his opinions and he didn’t hold back after practice Saturday.

With the Indiana Pacers holding a 2-1 lead in the first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pacers swingman believes he and his teammates are in prime position to dethrone the three-time Eastern Conference champions.

“We have full control right now,” Stephenson said. “We have to keep it. We get another win in our building, and that’s when I think they’re going to start panicking. We’re going to bring it like we [brought] it the first game.”

Game 4 is Sunday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where Indiana rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat Cleveland for the fifth time in seven games this season, 92-90, in Game 3 on Friday night.

In four playoff matchups with LeBron James-led teams in Miami and Cleveland, the Pacers have never held a 3-1 advantage, which they would attain with another victory Sunday night.

While James was with Miami, Indiana faced him in the postseason in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and then again as a member of the Cavaliers a year ago.

In 2012, the Pacers held a 2-1 lead on James and the Heat — the same position in which they find themselves now — only to lose three consecutive games in the second round.

James’ teams are 12-0 in first-round series.

“Our goal is to stay together, try to contain LeBron, play team defense,” Stephenson said. “That team is a good team. I don’t think they’re going to get frustrated.”

Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo likes where Indiana stands and where it’s headed.

“I think we’re getting better,” he said. “Teams make adjustments between games. We did a great job of adjusting in the second half. I think our best basketball is still to come.”

1 Comment on "Stephenson: Cavs will ‘panic’ if they lose Sunday night"

  1. Pacers are giving good press, plenty of strong quotes here. They are impressive. They are getting inspiring plays and making names for themselves. I mean, now I know that Stephenson calls his teammate “Bogey.” He may need to Americanize his name to Bo Bogs.

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