Wait…is this the NBA or pre-school? Just wondering after seeing THIS story come out today from Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Mojnarowski. Now that embarrassing loss in our first game against the Hawks make s lot more sense. SMH…
Check it some of his report below:
“On the eve of this Eastern Conference series, the wobbling No. 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers players dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse practice court, untangling him from a fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.
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.
“This stuff happens, but the timing wasn’t ideal,” one witness told Yahoo Sports.
If acrimony naturally lingered into Saturday, make no mistake: Stephenson and Turner weren’t the reason the Atlanta Hawks embarrassed the Pacers in Game 1. Maybe it tilted the mood of locker room, but no one dared suggest that it held responsibility for deadening the Pacers into defeat.
These two guards have struggled together since the deadline deal brought Turner from Philadelphia to Indiana. Suddenly, Turner is learning to play without the ball in his hands, and Stephenson is relearning the balance of passing and shooting. Truth be told, there were probably Pacers willing to let Stephenson and Turner beat the dribble out of each other. Still, Luis Scola and David West finally grabbed an enraged Turner and separated Stephenson.
If the scrape had been symptomatic of greater tensions within the Pacers, it’s also clear this has been a full team collapse and will need to be a full team recovery.
“We’ve been on the ropes a little bit,” West told Yahoo Sports Tuesday night. “Every team goes through that. But I thought we did a great job of dealing with whatever issues we had. The great thing about this group has always been that we’re very open with one another, always been able to get through the ups and downs of a long NBA season.”
Yes, they did it with fists on Friday, but mostly they’ve found a way to talk through the frustrations of a flat-lined final several weeks of the season…”
You can read the column in it’s entirety HERE: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pacers-fight-each-other-on-eve-of-playoffs–finally-take-swing-at-hawks-in-game-2-062419341.html
All I can say his hopefully they can keep it together and GET ALONG long enough to stay in the playoffs. They’ve worked too hard not to!