In a game that featured a heated exchange between Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson, the Pacers fell 87-85 at Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday night.
"I think this is just a sign that we're a little bit (short) as far as maturity goes," Pacers rookie guard Sarunas Jasikevicius said. "You can come up with all kinds of stuff, but we gave these guys a chance to come in here and feel comfortable in our gym."
O'Neal and Jackson had been going back and forth on the court when they took it to the bench. The conversation escalated to where it drew attention from people in the area as the coaches were meeting outside the huddle. Teammates had to intervene and break things up.
"My position on it is that I support the players," Carlisle said. "There was a disagreement there. It manifested itself probably a little bit too much. After it happened we really bounced back and played really well. I don't want to overstate what did or did not happen. There was some frustration there. Part of it was that Atlanta was playing really well."
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051126/SPORTS04/511260468/1088"It's nothing, it's nothing. It's nothing at all," said O'Neal, who had 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Pacers Digest posts:
Jackson threw a punch at JO?
Listening to the post game on WIBC, a caller just said he saw what I just described during the beginning of their argument.
All I know is Slick had not one kind word for Jax when this went down on the radio, but they only spoke of shouting.
http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16797I should mention that apparently after the swing, JO grabbed Jackson's face to keep him subdued, and I assume after that either Jack backed off, or someone stepped in between. I just don't know. TV people didn't say a word.
Can anyone who listened to the game on the radio confirm this?