The Indiana Pacers announced their injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on social media. Myles Turner will be out for his third consecutive game because of a concussion and neck soreness. He was injured in the team’s first game by a hit from DeMarre Carroll on defense during a cross-screen sequence.
Injury report for 10/24 at MIN
Robinson III: Out (ankle surgery rehab)
Sumner: Out (knee surgery rehab)
Turner: Out (sore neck & concussion)
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 23, 2017
To start the season, the Pacers have a 1-2 record, and they haven’t managed to win without their starting center yet. Turner had a strong performance in the team’s season opener against the Brooklyn Nets. In that game, he recorded 21 points (61.5% FG, 33.3% 3P, 100% FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, and four steals in 34 minutes of action.
It’s unfortunate timing for Indiana to start a back-to-back sequence when considering that Myles Turner was ruled out a day before Tuesday’s game because the odds of him playing on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder don’t look good because of that fact. The good news is that their next game isn’t until Sunday following this back-to-back sequence.
Domantas Sabonis will remain in the team’s starting lineup at the center position while Turner is out and Al Jefferson is expected to continue to be in the backup center role. Sabonis will face a difficult matchup with Karl Anthony-Towns on Tuesday and could be matched up with his former teammate Steven Adams on Wednesday if Myles Turner isn’t good to go for that game.
With two upcoming matchups against teams that feature Karl Anthony-Towns, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Jeff Teague and also Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and Steven Adams, it’s unfortunate timing for the Pacers to be without their best player. Then again, no time is ever a good time in the NBA to not have the face of your franchise.