Lance Stephenson comes back down to earth in blowout loss to the Suns as he had just six points on 3 of 9 shooting, five rebounds, four assists, a steal, and two turnovers.
Outside of Paul George, the Pacers as a whole had a down game, including Stephenson, who has been red hot of late. As we have seen most of the season, Stephenson's home/road splits are somewhat one sided, with his best games coming at the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers have three more road games before returning home, so hopefully he can get back on track and finish this long road trip on a high note.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter