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Lance Stephenson’s strategy against Dwyane Wade: ‘make his knee flare up or something’

May 17, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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We’ve already covered the fact that the Heat and the Pacer don’t like each other, based on playoff series the past two seasons along with a whole host of intense regular season battles.

It’s a little bit more personal between Dwyane Wade and Lance Stephenson, with the two having gone at it verbally more than once, and with Stephenson being ejected for taunting Wade back on March 26.

Wade had continual knee issues during Miami’s run to the title last season, so much so that the team was extra cautious with him this year, to the point where he appeared in just 54 games during the regular season, while being held out to rest for the majority of the others.

Stephenson mentioned Wade’s history of injury when speaking to reporters on Saturday.

From Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post:

Looking ahead to his matchup with Wade, beginning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday (3:30 p.m., ABC), Stephenson revealed that making Wade’s problematic right knee “flare up” is part of his strategy.

“D. Wade — I think his knee is messed up, so I’ve got to be extra aggressive and make him run and have him running around and make his knee flare up or something,” he said after the Pacers practiced this afternoon. “I’ll do anything as much as possible.”

You’d like to hope Stephenson was joking here, maybe by complementing his opponent and implying that unless Wade were slowed by injury once again, he’d be tough to stop.

But given the rivalry that exists between these two teams, and with a trip to the Finals at stake, it’s unclear if that was the case.

  1. antistratfordian - May 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    And this is why the refs don’t mind an occasional elbow to his noggin.

    • savvybynature - May 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Because they are in the bag for the Heatles?

    • jkirby317 - May 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Another ignorant comment from a Heat “fan.”

  2. steelers33 - May 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    He was’t joking..

  3. money2long - May 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    His ignorance was humorous. But he may be on to something.

  4. angulocarlos1 - May 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Stephenson is a tool

    • stayhigh_247 - May 17, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      He should’ve kept that to himself, that was stupid. Personally I’d rather beat you while you’re at 100% then beat you while your hobbled.

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 17, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        A win is a win, and making Wade run as much as possible is sound strategy.

      • jkirby317 - May 18, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        you mean on NBA 2k14?
        I will take a 1 point win or a 100 point win any day. So stay high and remember that as long as one team scores 1 or more points than the other they win. There are no style points for wins in basketball. This is not figure skating.

  5. denverhoopdreams - May 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I’ll get thumbs downs for this (bring it on), but who likes and even cares about Wade outside of Heat fans anyway?

    I don’t think there a fans rooting for the Heat, just because they like Wade.

    He’s not one of those humble players like a lot of different players are. He’s kind of a punk for someone as old as him as well.

    Don’t get me wrong. Lance is a punk too, a younger, healthier one… and he is onto something here. Just do stuff that puts strain on his knee. Who cares if he was being serious? Not me. One less Dwyane Wade in the league if his knees get anymore tore up. We’ll all be better off.

    • antistratfordian - May 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      I don’t know about that. Wade has always been well liked by NBA fans. He’s still a very popular player.

      • denverhoopdreams - May 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Not in my neck of the woods.

      • nfl4days - May 17, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Well where is your neck of the woods?

      • denverhoopdreams - May 17, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        nfl4days, I live in Icantstanddwadeville.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Yeah he’s pretty hated here in Charlotte too for kicking Ramon Sessions in the groin. I don’t mind Wade though… he was a beast before the knees starting wearing down, very fun to watch when he destroyed the Mavericks in 2006.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Oh yeah and one time when the Heat barely beat the Bobcats … or maybe lost to them (I realize they haven’t lost to the Bobcats since before the Big 3 era–so I’m saying before that)… he made some comments about how ridiculous it was that they almost lost to the bobcats and that they shouldn’t be in that situation. So people here didn’t like that either.

      • jkirby317 - May 18, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        He wore capri pants. No NBA fans like him. Heat “fans” do but the term fan barely applies to south beach.

      • calkinsrob - May 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        someone post the dwyane wade dirty player video from youtube Wade is a punk, and I dont see why anyone should like that clown.

    • jasper36 - May 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Jeez did Wade sleep with your wife or something? And to add to it I think Stephenson will have a pretty signficant advantage over Wade in this series. He knows, which is probably why he’s talking about it.

      • denverhoopdreams - May 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Whoa, whoa whoa, I never said Wade is into adultery.

    • sellahh - May 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Wade was always liked by those ESPN weekend fans, if you really watch games and are attached to any team, you see what kind of punk Wade is.

      • denverhoopdreams - May 17, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Thank you!

      • antistratfordian - May 18, 2014 at 3:08 AM

        That only reveals that you’ve formed a bias against Wade because of something he did against a team to which you are really attached. There will always be people like that. Every player has a hater somewhere. Overall, Wade is still one of the most popular players in the league.

    • ganksus - May 18, 2014 at 4:00 AM

      bETTER OFF HOW. yOUR 401k WILL GET FATTER. sTUPID.

    • ganksus - May 18, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      You get a thumbs down for being dum-dum.

  6. cantonbound13 - May 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Wade would never injure somebody (scarcasm)

    • cantonb0und13 - May 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      *Sarcasm

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        haaaaahahaha! Greatest post yet by cantonb0und13

      • chiefwhirlingdervish10 - May 18, 2014 at 4:02 AM

        I mean, but.. scarcasm sounds so much cooler..

    • jkirby317 - May 18, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Spelling Bee Moderator: Cantonbound13, your word to spell is SARCASM.

      Cantonbound13: S-C-

      Spelling Bee Moderator: That is incorrect.

      Cantonbound13: Dag-Nabbit.

  7. void96eater - May 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Stuff like this is why I despise the Pacers. Injuring a player should never be a part of your game strategy.

    • gostlcards5 - May 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      He didn’t say he was going to injure him. He said he was going to take advantage of the fact that his knee has been injured.

  8. cantonb0und13 - May 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Watch Stephenson get hurt tomorrow night (karma)

    • sportsfan18 - May 17, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      You gonna whack him on his knee Mr. Gillooly?

  9. savvybynature - May 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    He didn’t say he’d do anything dirty, just that he’d be aggressive and make Wade work to show if he is healthy and hopefully wear him down.
    What’s wrong with that? You don’t think every team in the league would target someone on the court if they thought they were less than 100 percent and there was a trip to the Finals on the line? I’d go after him too — post him up, make him go through some hard screens, run hard down the court every time and see if he can keep up. Anyone who would do differently isn’t a gentleman, they’re an idiot.

    • casualcommenter - May 17, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Agreed. Third article today where it’s clear commenters didn’t read the article.

      He said it’s his job to run through screens on offense to force Wade to chase him and put strain on his knee.

      It’s no different than an NFL coach telling a defensive end to use more speed rush moves to the outside when he’s up against an offensive tackle dealing with an ankle injury.

      Causing injuries is dirty. Exploiting existing injuries is not dirty. When Rajon Rondo broke his arm in the playoffs, the Heat exploited that by ignoring him whenever he didn’t have the ball since Rondo with a broken arm wasn’t a threat to do anything off the ball like catch and shoot coming off screens.

      • pharohislife - May 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Ironically enough Rondo’s arm was like that was because of the Dirty Antics of D.Wade.

    • pacers24 - May 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      exactly. its like in boxing when a guy gets a cut over his eye the strategy becomes to keep hitting that spot and open it up more

      its not dirty at all, its smart

      but maybe he should keep those type of strategy moves to himself! cmon lance!

    • antistratfordian - May 18, 2014 at 3:10 AM

      Yeah, he didn’t say he’d do anything dirty, just that he wants Wade to hurt his knee. What’s wrong with that!?

  10. kb2408 - May 17, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Well, if I was Lance I wouldn’t have said it but he has a good point. Wade has the knees of a 40 yr old.

    • billtetley53 - May 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Well, youre 40 years old and spend a lot ofvtime on your knees. Youve reall taken to that West Hollywood lifestyle, good for you! I dont understand it, but I will support your right to be happy.

      • kb2408 - May 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        Fake internet tough guy alert, fake internet tough guy alert!! I better chill…wouldn’t want big bad billbitely53 to beat me to an inch of my life!!

  11. wilmyers09 - May 17, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    does anyone even like this guy all he does is ballhog try to pick a fight with every player and teammate

    • ganksus - May 18, 2014 at 4:03 AM

      Yeah, we like him. Nuff said.

  12. prareedoggin - May 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Lol this is great! Yea Lance lets motivate Wade for this series. Great great idea. Good job buddy

  13. m4a188 - May 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    How is him saying that he is going to make Wade run ignorant or insensitive? If your opponent is tired, you work him. If you opponent is hurt, you work him. He never said he was going to harm him.

  14. prareedoggin - May 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Haslem meet Lance Stevenson. Stevenson, Haslem

    • pharohislife - May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Ha! Haslem, can he even get on the court anymore.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - May 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        http://www.hothothoops.com/2014/3/27/5556012/a-closer-look-at-how-udonis-haslem-neutralized-roy-hibbert

  15. jzone954 - May 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Lance, sorry bro, WE ALL SEE YOU. If you think your little yap trying to stir up Wade like Pierce did Lebron so he can try to shut you up and try to drop 50 and take the ball out of Lebrons hands is gonna work?! Giggle, giggle …..like I said. WE ALL SEE YOU.

    • ddogdaddy - May 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      @jzone954
      Giggle,giggle…….LOL, ROTFL, LMAO, YOLO
      Really bro?

  16. jzone954 - May 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Wade is one of the greatest SG of all time and arguably the best defensive guard of all time. Yes he has had leg injuries , it’s happens . Watch how great the black mamba is gonna be coming off these legs injuries next season. It happens

    • savvybynature - May 17, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Best defensive guard of all time?
      Bwahahaha! C’mon man, are you delusional? On meds?

    • kb2408 - May 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Dude, you gotta stop with the exaggerating, ok? I mean, enough is enough!! Pacers in 7…

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      better than Gary Payton?

      • savvybynature - May 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Zactly.

      • kinggw - May 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        Payton wasn’t a shooting guard.

  17. dvic13 - May 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    There’s only player in the NBA I can’t stand more than this jagbag, and that’s Dwhine Wade. Unfortunately the Pacers will probably lose and it will have some to do with Stephenson’s antics/gameplay.

  18. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Was out today and heard someone say Lance was talking garbage about Wade’s knees. I thought there was no way he’d be stupid enough to do that. But I guess I was wrong.

    Don’t they ever learn? I hope they talk more. Because the Heat are going to go Peter North on Jenna Jameson’s face with these guys. And it’s going to be awesome

    • cantonbound13 - May 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      That was gross, even for you.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        I’m usually not crude here. Stephenson brought it out of ne

  19. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Can you imagine a Heat player saying something about the fragility of Hibbert’s psyche and that that was the most pathetic looking fish that he caught? The Heat goes out of their way to praise opponents and show them respect. Even if it isn’t earned.

    • savvybynature - May 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Yeah I can’t possibly imagine the Heat making fun of someone on the opposing team. Like if they were playing the Mavs in the Finals, just theoretically here, and Dirk had a super high fever and was really sick, I bet Wade and Lebron would be all like, “We really respect him as a competitor and hope he feels better soon.” They definitely would never make fun of Dirk or an opponent in that situation at all.
      Great points all around man!

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        That lesson was learned 3 years ago.

      • thekingdave - May 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        @savvybynature

        You win. Pretty sad 1972 still received all those thumbs down. Illustrates how ignorant the Heat “fan base” is. Their working knowledge of the NBA goes back to 2010 and those first couple of years are “hazy”.

      • thekingdave - May 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        Thumbs UP*

  20. jzone954 - May 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Children…”arguably the greatest defensive guard of all time” ARGUABLY -as in Wade is in the mix with the top shooting guards of all time. Didn’t say he is the best of all time. Please re read things before you post.

    • kb2408 - May 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      He’s not even “arguably.” You obviously base your opinion on his penchant for getting the occasional big blocked shot. But I don’t recall Wade just shutting down another elite 2 guard very often in his career. Like I said, the exaggerations have to cease, my friend.

      • ganksus - May 18, 2014 at 4:08 AM

        The man is going to the hall of fame and will always be remembered as such. The funny part is you know this and his lack of greatness will only live on in your mind. Your grandchildren will read about him in the books and say granddad why you hatin?? The dude was obviously all that.

  21. birdsofprey305 - May 17, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    @kb2408

    Let me guess Kobe is a better defensive player then Wade?Lmao the media gave Kobe those all defensive team spots even when he didn’t deserve them because he plays in the largest media market.

    • gostlcards5 - May 18, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Kobe is a better defender than Wade.

  22. lakerade - May 18, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    Ruined by the soundbyte headline. He basically chose a poor way to say he’d make Wade work. Baited into seeming combustive, will Wade play it up?

  23. antistratfordian - May 18, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Remember what happened when Paul Pierce said he wanted to defend LeBron? This was not one of Lance’s brightest ideas.

    • condor75 - May 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Lance has no bright moments

  24. delmarbriere - May 19, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    We know what this idiot meant. Read between the lines. He basically said that he would cheat or try to injure D wade in order to win. That will be the only way the pacers can beat the heat. Karma will really catch up to this goon.

  25. ganksus - May 18, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    Neither was American English until a group of crackers said so.

  26. baysball96 - May 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Hey genius (lookoutjim) it’s called a spelling bee!! I love all you wannabe English teachers who usually spell something wrong while you go out of your way to condemn others. Also last time I checked a spelling BEE involved spelling not defining. But to answer your obvious attempt at a racist insult Pontiac doesn’t have a definition it is a proper noun that happens to be a name of a Native American chief, a city in Michigan, and the name of a wagon and automobile maker later purchased by GM and named Pontiac as we know it in 1926. It was originally the name of an Ottawa war chief who was a leader in the Pontiac war. The city was named after him and the wagon company that became GM’s Pontiac was named after the city. My question for you is: why you mad bro? Lol at wasting your life trying to make others feel less of themselves on the Internet. In the mean time your still just a nobody. You just happened to get on my nerves on a Sunday morning when I should be at the beach enjoying this south Florida weather. Go HEAT!! #Heatin6

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