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Candace Buckner: Bird: "I don't really know if (coming off the bench) hurt (Evan)." But he loved his game, wherever he's at next year he'll avg 17 ppg Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

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After Indiana's 117-92 loss to the Miami Heat, when asked if he envisioned returning to the Pacers, Turner expressed uncertainty about his future with the team. "I really don't know to tell you the truth," said Turner, the former No. 2 pick of the 2010 draft. "I really don't know what's going on even tomorrow, you know what I'm saying?" Indianapolis Star

Turner diplomatically answered questions about his future, telling The Star that he counted his three months with the Pacers as a "blessing" while also refusing to view the experience as anything but a positive one. Still, Turner, whether subconsciously or quite mindful, spoke as an outsider while reviewing his limited responsibilities with the team during its conference finals run. "It is what it is. I was just happy to be here," Turner said. "End of the day, I'm just happy to be here. This was a mission that started – the core started four years ago, so it's on them regards to winning and losing it. But I was just happy to be here." Indianapolis Star

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Michael Scotto: Indiana Pacers say Evan Turner is out for today's Game 1 with strep throat. Solomon Hill will be on the active roster against the Miami Heat Twitter @MikeAScotto

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Yahoo Sports first reported that there was "a practice-floor fistfight" involving Turner and Stephenson last Friday. A person familiar with the situation described the story to The Star as "pretty accurate." However on Wednesday, Turner and Stephenson, as well as other Pacers, downplayed the incident as a commonplace tangling up that happens during practices. "We're competitive players," Stephenson said. "We got (into) a little scuffle but it was just practice related. No blows, just playing hard and getting ready for the playoffs. I mean, I've got no problem with him." USA Today Sports

Turner also denied that the fracas escalated to fists. "Honestly, the person who wrote the article asked me if the fight happened, I told him 'No, it wasn't (a fight),' and he just went on and wrote that there were punches thrown and all this and it wasn't. It was just a tangle up and that was it," Turner told The Indianapolis Star while on his way to catch the team plane to Atlanta. "That was it and I don't think there's anything really to speak on in regards to being that big a deal. But the whole thing of everybody reading that punches got thrown and all this nonsense occurred, that never happened. Not one punch (was) thrown. Lance and I are pretty big guys. I think you'd see a sign of a punch thrown, ya know?" USA Today Sports

Stephenson, 23, makes no apologies for his a knack for getting under players' skin with his brashness. "I'm definitely a trash-talker coming from New York, we talk trash all the time," Stephenson said. "That was built in me when I was young. "I just try to get our confidence built up. Sometimes I go, 'Hey let's go,' I get into other guys and it's just ... being competitive and getting each other ready for the playoffs and the physical part of the game, so I just try to be that guy to do that sometimes." USA Today Sports

"It grew us closer. Lance and Evan are close now. It's just, throughout the year, there have been plenty of times where I've wanted to take guys out. We're brothers. I'm sure anyone who has siblings has had moments where other siblings got on their nerves and caused them to tip over. Part of the game, part of the system, nothing serious." Indianapolis Star

Sources said that Stephenson and guard George Hill had to be separated on the bench during a 26-point home loss to San Antonio on March 31. And when Roy Hibbert made his well-chronicled complaints to NBA.com in late March about "some selfish dudes in here," sources say he was essentially referring to Stephenson, who ranks as one of the league's most improved players this season as he approaches free agency in July and is well-known to be a Bird favorite. ESPN.com

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 Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson. Yahoo! Sports

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