Lance Stephenson, Evan Turner put up more fight in practice than Pacers did in Game 1


(Associated Press)

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier Wednesday morning that the Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner got into a brawl during practice on Friday, one day before their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks began. The brawl “had been weeks in the making,” Wojnarowski writes.

Writes Wojnarowski:

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.

The top-seeded Pacers lost Game 1 to the Hawks, badly, on Saturday but rebounded to win Game 2 on Tuesday.

Stephenson is no stranger to on-court shenanigans.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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