Heat Ask Lance Stephenson to Deliver Pre-Game Motivational Speech Before Game 5

7389758The Miami Heat have asked Pacers guard Lance Stephenson to address the team before their Game 5 matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night in Indiana.

“Lance is one of those guys who just has a way with words,” said Heat star LeBron James. “It can be hard to stay motivated after winning back-to-back titles and while playing against a team you’re significantly better than. That’s why it’s so great to have a motivator like Lance around. I can’t wait to hear what he has for us before Game 5.”

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra approached Stephenson after Miami’s 12-point Game 4 win gave Miami a 3-1 series lead and asked him to speak to his team.

“He said: ‘Get away from me. You guys suck,’” said Spoelstra. “So he’s already off to a good start. I passed those words along to the guys and they said they’re already getting pumped for Game 5.”

Following Miami’s Game 3 win, Stephenson said James engaging in trash talk with him was a “sign of weakness,” and then James responded with 32 points and 10 rebounds to Stephenson’s 9 points.

The outspoken Pacer says he knows exactly what he plans to say to the Heat before Game 5.

“They think I’m going to come into their locker room and inspire them by telling them how great and amazing they are? No way,” said Stephenson. “I’m not stupid. I’m going to tell them what I really think about them: that they’re overrated and no one respects them and that they only win because they’re lucky. Let’s see how they deal with that. The joke’s on them.”

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