Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is slated to miss the team’s next two games while nursing a right elbow injury.
The Indiana Pacers announced on Wednesday afternoon that third-year center Myles Turner would miss their games against the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers after injuring his right elbow against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Turner had 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks in the Pacers’ 109-96 win.
Through 33 games, the 21-year-old is logging 29.2 minutes a night. In that time, he’s averaging 13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and is second in the NBA with 2.2 blocks. Following a much-improved sophomore season, the stale production is puzzling. Indiana, however, is two games above .500 at 21-19, putting them eighth overall in the conference.
Their record — and Turner’s lessened numbers — is because of Victor Oladipo. After coming over from the Oklahoma City Thunder, he’s the new face of the team and Indianapolis’ newest starlet. Despite that, Turner has continued to make an impact on the defensive end of the court.
Basketball Reference estimates that the Pacers allow 108.9 points per 100 possessions with Turner on the floor, compared to 111.6 when he sits. Moreover, he leads the league with a 6.6 block percentage and accommodates that with a defensive box plus/minus of plus-1.8.
Myles Turner’s injury won’t force a drastic lineup change, but we could see more minutes from T.J. Leaf and Ike Anigbogu as Nate McMillan looks for bodies to occupy space; also, keep an eye out for Al Jefferson. Domantas Sabonis is questionable against the Heat, so there’s another reason to give those guys just a bit more run.
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