Myles Turner suits up for the first time since January, drops 12 points for Indiana Pacers

Myles Turner suits up for the first time since January, drops 12 points for Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner’s 2021-22 season ended on January 14 when the team announced that he had a stress reaction in his left foot. Turner had to manage the pain and heal from the injury. Turner missed the last two months of the campaign.

Now, though, he is healthy, and on Wednesday he played in his first game in 264 days. Turner was the starting five spot for the Pacers’ preseason against the Charlotte Hornets.

This was Turner’s first time playing with any of the four Indiana starters. He had never played with Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton or Jalen Smith. Although Rust was expected, the Texas product didn’t show any.

Turner scored four of the Pacers’ initial points. He did this with a fadeaway jumper and a transition dunk. After hitting Jalen Smith with a nice pass, Turner played a part of six of the eight team’s first points. It was obvious that he had been playing for a while with his new teammates.

The seven-year-old pro finished the game with three assists. His reads were sharp for someone who hadn’t played for six months. He added 12 points and three rebounds, and the Pacers outscored the Hornets by six in his minutes.

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Those raw numbers may not seem very high, but Turner only played in the first half. While his impact was strong during his time on the court, he sat on ice on his knees during third and fourth quarters as younger men took in the minutes.

All things considered, it was Turner’s solid return to action, who is the Pacer with the longest tenure by a number of seasons. He also added two blocks — rim protection has been Turner’s best NBA skill.

Turner was the subject of trade rumors all through his career. From draft night through media day, Turner was often mentioned as a potential trade candidate. The Lakers reported that interest in Turner has increased as the summer progressed. Turner is still with the blue and the gold, and the Pacers have not made any deal.

Even though Turner is on an expiring contract, and could be moved to another team next offseason; he seems eager to get back to game action and get some reps with Haliburton. He was able to perform well on Wednesday.

Health permitting Turner will continue his preseason play against New York Knicks on Friday. This will be a more difficult test for the blue-and-gold.

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