The Pacers and Magic have been sleepwalking through what might be the worst first round series of the NBA Playoffs, but just when you were ready to give up on 'em for good ...
TMZ obtained footage ... showing 7'1" Kyrylo Fesenko confronting a group of people outside of Club 23 around 2:45 AM. Sources at the scene tell us ... the whole thing began when one of the clubgoers angrily accused Kyrylo of "bumping into him" ... and then unleashed a flurry of verbal attacks at the NBA star.
That's when Kyrylo's teammate Danny Granger charged towards the clubgoers ... only to be restrained by some of his friends. Multiple bike cops peddled to the scene and diffused the situation ... with Granger and Kyrylo calmly walking away without further incident.
The image of 7'1 Kyrylo Fesenko in a nightclub is good enough, but imagining him fighting off a bunch of tiny Magic fans is even better. And just for fun, compare this incident to the time Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley got into a fight outside an Indianapolis strip club:
It happened at around 3:00 am, which is closing time at Club Rio, a strip club. The manager estimates 70 to 100 customers were headed to the parking lot. That's were police say four Pacers players - Jamal Tinsley, Marquis Daniels, Jimmie Snap Hunter and Steven Jackson - ran into trouble and tried to walk away.
"Steven Jackson was struck in the mouth. We don't know who it was. An individual tried to run Steven Jackson over with the car. He was struck with the car, going over the hood and back on the ground," said Sgt. Matthew Mount.
Investigators say Jackson had a 9mm handgun and fired four or five times as the car fled. They aren't certain whether he shot at the car or into the air. There were no reports of anyone hit by gunfire.
That puts things in perspective, doesn't it? The Pacers have come a long way since the good ol' days. The 2006 brawl ended with Stephen Jackson getting hit by a car and firing shots in the air. The Pacers "brawl" Thursday night was broken up by bike cops.
(Still ... Long live Stephen Jackson.)
(And Kyrylo Fesenko, obviously.)