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Always trouble when fans involved

The fans also are to blame for the escalation of the Pacers-Pistons melee..

Updated: November 23, 2004, 11:42 AM ET
By Tim Legler | ESPN Insider

I was in a state of shock as I watched this horrific altercation unfold as I sat in the NBA Shootaround studio. I can honestly say I've never seen anything of this magnitude in basketball.

Initially, I didn't understand why this turned into the spectacle that it turned into until I saw the numerous replays. Though I can't justify or defend the actions of the Pacers, I can put myself into the mind-sets of Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Fred Jones and Jermaine O'Neal.

I understand what ...

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