Go hard or go home. Actually, Lance Stephenson did both last night after taking a frightening fall while completing a crazy and 1 against the Hawks in the third quarter.
I've heard of "hoop and the harm" but this was ridiculous. Lance took the ball upcourt in transition with a few Hawks back, but after a hesitation dribble around midcourt, he committed fully to getting the ball to the rim. The effort required some airborn acrobatics that made Lance look like a high jumper going into a Fosbury flop after a bump from Paul Millsap. Except in this case, there was no soft pit to break his landing, only the unforgiving hardwood at the Philips Center.
After completing the and 1 with a free throw, Stephenson tried to shake off the scary fall by playing for another three minutes. But the pain wouldn't subside which left Lance getting treatment the remainder of the game.
According to Frank Vogel during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA radio today, Lance is still feeling the effects of the fall and is 50/50 to play against Portland on Friday.
Frank Vogel says Lance Stephenson is still really sore from last nights hard fall & blames himself for some of Paul George's struggles.— Jared Greenberg (@NBATVJared) February 5, 2014
Those odds from Vogel cover things pretty well. Lance will either play or he won't. There doesn't appear to be any concern about any additional injury concerns regarding his back, assuming tests on such things are complete. So the fact, Lance may still play Friday and hasn't been ruled out, is pretty good news at this point.
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