Indiana Pacers star plays down fight

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Indiana Pacers star, Evan Turner has played down reports that he was involved in a fight with teammate Lance Stephenson prior to the first game of their NBA playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Pacers ended up losing that game 101-93, a result which piled the pressure on the team which ad been expected to challenge for the Eastern Conference crown.

Turner told Candace Buckner of the Indy Star: "It was just a tangle up and that was it...There weren't no punches thrown.Lance and I are pretty big guys. I'd think u see evidence of a punch thrown."

The Pacers have since rebounded to take the second game of the best-of-seven series but there is still serious doubt about the team unity in Indiana.

Turner was traded to the Pacers from the Philadelphia 76ers in February but has not proved to be particularly effective, managing just seven points per game.

Pacers coach, Frank Vogel also dismissed the fracas between Stephenson and Turner as a 'tangle'.

Stephenson and Turner managed just 10 combined points during the second game of the series, with Paul George and Luis Scola taking on the majority of the scoring.

Vogel will hope that Turner and Stephenson can put their differences aside as they continue to build toward a possible NBA title.

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