1:06pm: The Pacers have issued an update on Turner, confirming in a press release that he has sustained an avulsion fracture in his right hand. However, the big man won’t require surgery and is being considered day-to-day for now.
While we still don’t know exactly when Turner will be back on the court, it sounds like he won’t miss much – if any – time. Head coach Nate Bjorkgren said that Turner participated in practice today, as J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star tweets.
10:34am: Pacers center Myles Turner has been diagnosed with a slight fracture in his right hand and will be re-evaluated in the coming days, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). It’s not yet clear how much time he’ll miss.
Turner suffered the injury last Thursday in a game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. It appeared to happen on a dunk attempt with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter, as Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files relays (video link). Turner was subsequently ruled out for Indiana’s game on Sunday vs. the Clippers.
Turner, 24, was off to a strong start this season, averaging 12.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG, and a league-leading 4.2 BPG in 12 games (31.7 MPG). In his absence, Doug McDermott slid into the Pacers’ starting lineup on Sunday.
If Turner is forced to miss an extended period, he’ll become Indiana’s third key rotation player who is expected to remain on the shelf for the foreseeable future — T.J. Warren (foot surgery) and Caris LeVert (small mass in his kidney) have been ruled out indefinitely. On the plus side, Jeremy Lamb is reportedly close to making his season debut after being sidelined since last February as he recovers from an ACL tear.