With each performance like Friday’s, Stevens continues to earn Bickerstaff’s trust. And with the small forward spot currently in flux — Windler on a cold streak, Cedi Osman continuing to struggle, Taurean Prince sidelined with an injured shoulder — Stevens gets closer to having his two-way contract converted, something sources say has already been discussed. “Being in my position, coach called me in and to do any job is an honor,” Stevens said. “Just do it with pride. I’m really confident in my scoring ability. That’s never really wavered for me. It’s just continuing to grow my game and I can’t really put a cap on that.”
May 8, 2021 | 6:38 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: How crazy is this run Westbrook has been on of late? He has a chance to tie Oscar Robertson’s all-time triple-double record of 181 tonight. He has been in the NBA for 13 years. And more than 11 percent of his career triple-doubles have come in the last six weeks.
Jon Krawczynski: Asked Rubio if he’d try to get @Alex Rodriguez to pay his technical fine: “I will definitely call the league to see if they can take the fine out. Should he be the one to take it? I don’t think that’s a good way to introduce myself, to be honest with you.”
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse tells a story about going fishing with Jonas Valanciunas in Lithuania one time. “I have never seen a guy so happy when he was reeling in a fish. So intense, so excited. I just told him next year when we’re out on the floor I’m going to tell you to rebound like it’s a fish.”
May 8, 2021 | 5:28 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Pacers assistant coach Greg Foster is back, and continues working with Goga Bitadze. They hugged before beginning pre-game warmups.