Stopping LeBron James is a difficult task, but it's something Lance Stephenson has done in the past. While it's nearly impossible to stop James completely, there are ways to slow him down, and get him out of his game enough to give your team a chance to win.
Stephenson was the primary defender on James during the Pacers' stretch of success when they reached the Eastern Conference Finals in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014. He left the team, but returned at the beginning of this month as a key player coming off of the bench.
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.