You might not remember it, but our boy Lance Stephenson made his name at Madison Square Garden. An unprecedented four PSAL titles for Lincoln High. Led his Cincinnati Bearcats in scoring for two of three Big East Tournament games in 2009. Seems like every waypoint of Born Ready’s career has come at MSG—hell, the Pacers even drafted him there.
So it should be no surprise that Lance isn’t intimidated by Broadway’s bright lights. Last Sunday, he walked into the Mecca and did his thing: 22 points (his third straight game in double figures), including four treys, with 4 boards and a pair of steals. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story—for maybe the first time in the League, Lance was the go-to guy over 48 minutes. Indiana leaned on him the way Lincoln and Cincy leaned on him…the way the Knicks leaned on Melo. And, maybe foreshadowing his future, Lance responded like a star.
Although it didn’t get a W, the game couldn’t have come at a better time: Lance’s Pacers are set to face the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. We know he’ll be Ready.