"Born Ready" might have scored two of the most painful points in NBA history on Tuesday night.
Lance Stephenson has been on a mission to prove the NBA world wrong ever since he was taken in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. This season, he's continued to defy the odds, and was one of the more notable All-Star snubs when the Eastern Conference reserves were named last month.
He's filled the stat sheet all season long and frequented many a highlight reel for the Indiana Pacers. This finish against the Atlanta Hawks was just the latest in a long list of spectacular plays he's had, but easily the most wince-inducing.
Stephenson laid on the hardwood for a few moments after the crash, and was eventually helped back to the locker room. Lance had played in 46 of the team's 47 contests heading into the night.
At the time of the crash landing, he had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 23 minutes.
.@brookeolzendam reports that Lance Stephenson has a sore lower back and is doubtful to return.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 5, 2014
The early indications are somewhat positive, in that only soreness has been reported by Fox Sports Indiana reporter Brooke Olzendam.
Losing Stephenson for any extended period of time would be a critical blow to the Pacers, who currently stand alone as the Eastern Conference's best team at 37-10. Danny Granger would be a candidate to slide into his former role as starter if Lance is forced to miss any time.
As for the bucket? Incredible, right in line with the rest of his fourth NBA campaign.