Mar 9, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Evan Turner (12) shoots prior to the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Pacers’ Evan Turner pulled from practice for fight with Lance Stephenson


The last month of the NBA season has been a less-than-memorable one for the Indiana Pacers, despite barely being able to cling to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Things with this young group just aren’t clicking like everyone had thought they would, especially for Even Turner.

According to a Yahoo Sports report from Adrian Wojnarowski, that came to a head the final practice before the NBA Playoffs began as Turner was dragged out of the gym following a physical altercation with teammate Lance Stephenson.

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 dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turnerout of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.

As one witness told Yahoo in the report, while something like this isn’t unusual by any means for a sports team, really, the timing was just terrible. This team is trying to put everything together at the right time after hopes were so high throughout the year, that fighting within the group is the last thing they need right now as they battle the Atlanta Hawks.

Ironically enough, the Pacers were blasted by the Hawks in Game 1.

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  • Osceola71

    Is it just me or does it seem like the Pacers lost their identity after Danny Granger was traded? Was he maybe the glue guy on the team or something?

    • griptail

      no. well possible. but you trade psycho t who is a dirty work player for a guy like scola who doesnt scare anyone or intimidate anyone on the court. He can score 1 on 1 but this is a team where everyone protects the others. I just never saw luis scola being an upgrade from psycho t.

      evan turner is another guy brought in for scoring, but you have enough scorers. you need guys who will do the other things. like rebounding and steals and 2nd chance shots

      paul george fell in love with himself after last seasons playoffs. and frank vogul has done a terrible job getting the ball to move.

      and idk whats up with hibbert. maybe he’s injured and just keeping it on the down low?

      either way this team reminds me of the pistons in like 05-07. Each player took a turn to iso on different plays rather than playing 5 on 5 each play. So they became predictable on each possession. once you saw the ball go to a certain player you knew that player was going to shoot.