Indiana Pacers will be without center Myles Turner in the next few games. According to multiple reports, Turner is dealing with a small fracture in his hand and will need to take some time off to recover.
Pacers are expected to re-evaluate Turner in the coming days and should know more details about his return then. The 24-year-old player is expected to be out for at least the next two games in which Indiana faces Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic.
Turner has been enjoying a fine form so far in 2020/21, averaging 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. He has been particularly an important presence for Pacers on the defensive end, averaging 1.5 steals and NBA-leading 4.2 blocks per game. The 2015’s first-round pick also led the league in blocks last season.
With Turner out, the Pacers are expected to turn to All-Star Domantas Sabonis as their first top choice on the center position. Second-year player Goga Bitadze should be the backup while Doug McDermott will slide instead of Sabonis at power forward.
Indiana are currently sitting on No.4 in Eastern Conference with an 8-5 record. They are just 0.5 games behind Boston Celtics at the top.