Pacers say practice got physical before Game 1

E'Twaun Moore, Evan Turner

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pacers guard Lance Stephenson acknowledged Wednesday that he and Evan Turner got into a practice “scuffle” last week before Game 1 against Atlanta but denied the two threw any punches.

Coach Frank Vogel and Indiana’s players concurred with Stephenson’s version of events, though the descriptions were different. Yahoo! Sports first reported that Turner had to be “dragged out of practice” last week after the argument and that fists were flying.

Turner denied that, saying simply that they got tangled up but that there was no fight. Vogel and All-Star center Roy Hibbert said every team has similar scrapes during practice but neither considered it a fight.

The series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday night.

 

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