His job for Game 2 remains the same: "Lock down the 2-guard and knock down open shots," Stevenson said.
Stevenson hit 2-of-4 shots, including a 3-pointer, so he got the job done on that side. As for locking down the 2-guard, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews, the team's second-leading scorer and top 3-point shooter, finished with two points on 1-of-3 shooting. He got off one 3-point attempt in only 19 minutes of action.
Stevenson, who is not counted on for his scoring, actually outscored Matthews 5-2 while also logging 19 minutes.
He is counted on to bring hard-nosed defense and Stevenson managed to get Matthews in early foul trouble. Matthews took a seat less than four minutes into the game with two fouls and he never got into the flow after that. Matthews picked up his first foul at the 10:26 mark and then Stevenson, sniffing opportunity, went to work on the 6-foot-5 Blazers guard.
"With him, he's a key point of their offense and once I got the [first] foul then I got a charge on him," the rugged, 6-5, 218-pound Stevenson said. "That's what my goal is, is to try to rattle him."
If Stevenson is successful, it puts a serious dent in Portland's chances for success. Matthews shoots 40.7 percent beyond the arc on a team that ranked only 21st in the league from 3-point range (34.5 percent). With Matthews bottled up in Game 1, the Blazers went 2-of-16 from 3-point range and were outscored there by 24 points. Jason Kidd alone had 18 points behind the arc.
Stevenson, who replaced the struggling and now injured Rodrigue Beaubois (sprained left foot), said Game 1 is the blueprint he'll hope to follow throughout.
"Just playing solid, playoff basketball," he said. "Keeping a body on him, hands on him without trying to foul. He's a talented player, looks for 3s and if we can kind of get him out of the ballgame it's a good situation for us."