Indiana Pacers teammates Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner fought on the eve of their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, it has been claimed.
This is according to a report from respected NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski, which suggests that two unnamed players dragged a cut Turner away from Stephenson at practice and untangled the pair after a fist-fight.
Citing further sources, Wojnarowski also reports that such a scrape - although not uncommon, it must be said - had been coming for a while, with the build-up apparently evident from the sheer scale of the clash.
The Indiana Pacers - who just about held on to the Eastern Conference's number one seed after enduring a rather dismal end to the 2013/14 regular season - went on to lose game one on Saturday, with Frank Vogel's men torn apart by Jeff Teague as the Hawks cruised to a 101-93 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Such a defeat made a mockery of the Pacers' hard efforts to secure homecourt advantage, with tensions evidently simmering as the team just could not rediscover the same suffocating defensive presence that more than compensated for their somewhat lackluster offence.
Crucially, they bounced back from such controversy last night, however, with All-Star Paul George dropping 27 points and grabbing 10 boards in a morale-boosting 101-85 win to level the series at 1-1.
With that win firmly secured, Vogel and Pacers fans will presumably be hoping that the players can keep a tighter hold on their emotions and patch things up for good ahead of game three at Phillips Arena on Thursday.
Their chances of unseating the dominant Miami Heat may just depend on it.
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