Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Evan Turner (2) congratulates guard Lance Stephenson (1) after he was fouled and scored against against the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Los Angeles 118-98. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Turner and Stephenson Fought on Eve of Playoffs

Apparently things have gotten pretty bad in Indiana’s locker room.

Bad enough to fight someone.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Even Turner and Lance Stephenson had to be seperated from an actual fist fight on Saturday night.

In what was brewing for quiet some time according to Woj’s sources, the two guards anger could no longer be contained and the two began fighting during practice the day before Game 1 of the Indiana vs. Atlanta series to open up the playoffs.

From the article:

Turner hadn’t been the first Pacer to lose his temper with Stephenson these tumultuous several weeks, and Stephenson’s relentlessly irritable nature suggests Turner won’t be the last. These scrapes aren’t uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports

It reportedly took two Pacers (Luis Scola and David West) to drag away Turner from Stephenson.

Did that have anything to do with what Lance said before Game 2?
If you remember, Stephenson said going into the game that  the Pacers needed to throw the first punch. He said, “(The Hawks) threw the first punch,” Stephenson said. “Now we gotta punch more.”

In boxing this would be a heavyweight fight as Lance is 6’5′ 220 pounds to Evan 6’7, 214 pounds, with Stephenson having a 6’10 wing span to Turner’s 6’8. Just judging from that I would give Lance the edge.

But as Matt Moore pointed out, asking who would win between the two may be the wrong question.

Jokes aside, it is hard for me to know what to make of this.

On one hand they looked like a team that had no chemistry each other in Game 1.

On the other hand in Game 2 we started to see glimpses of the Pacers team that seemed destined to at least make the conference finals. Part of me is laughing, the other part is shaking my head.

At this point, I have no idea what the hell is going on in that locker room.

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