Nine years ago the Pacers defeated the Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James was playing for Miami and Paul George was representing Indiana.
But arguably the most memorable moment from that game was Pacers guard Lance Stephenson blowing in James’ ear. George was asked about the incident on his podcast.
“When Lance did it to Bron… Originally I was like… because I’m guarding him. The reason Lance was on Bron for those moments because I was in foul trouble. But for the series I’m guarding Bron. So I was like ‘Bro, what the f*ck you doing?’
“But I thought it drew to our intensity, like ‘We’re not backing down to y’all.’ I thought we stood behind Lance after he did that opposed to getting on him about it or breaking up about it. I thought we backed him up. It made for us to raise the intensity.”