Wiry tree-man and would-be Defensive Player of the Year candidate Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers left the game on Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets with what appeared to be a scary lower leg injury.
After colliding with the Nets’ Garrett Temple, Turner lied on the floor for several minutes before requiring help to get to the locker room.
Amidst early fears of a worse injury, Turner was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain. With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo already out, the Pacers were planning to rely upon Turner to take at least shoulder at least some of the offensive load, which he has done with aplomb so far, averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in a career-high 39 minutes. This, after last year having averaged career highs in points, assists, blocks, three-point percentage and defensive win shares.
Along with the recently-silk stockinged Domantas Sabonis, Turner was expected to form one of the most formidable front courts in the NBA. That both players had eschewed any competition for a sole starting center spot in favor of attempting to work it out as fellow giants was noble in the modern, fast and more agreeably-sized NBA. Let’s hope this doesn’t keep Turner out for too terribly long so that this Frankenstein’s monster can haunt the rest of the league.