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Report: Spatting George Hill and Lance Stephenson separated by teammates during loss to Spurs

Apr 1, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

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Think tensions are high in Indiana?

The Pacers have lost five of six and 10 of 16. They’ve even dropped three straight, each by at least 13 points. Suddenly, they trail the Heat in the standings

Every little problem between teammates, the type of issues that usually get swept under the rug when everyone is happy and winning, is being amplified right now.

In their loss to the Spurs, a new problem exposed itself. Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

During a timeout in the second half, George Hill got into a verbal confrontation with Lance Stephenson on the bench and they had to be separated by teammates.

Who knows what they were arguing about? It might not matter, a trivial dispute that boiled over because tensions are high for other reasons.

If there’s a more serious disconnect between Hill and Stephenson, obviously that must be addressed. But if the bickering lacks basis, the solution is simple.

The Pacers need to stop in-fighting, and they need to win. Either could come first, and the latter will probably follow.

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