Joe Freeman: Evan Turner (left calf) will be active tonight vs. the Hornets. Will he start? “No comment,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
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Joe Freeman: The Blazers have ruled out Evan Turner (illness) for tonight’s game vs. the Pelicans.
Evan Turner on Wednesday tried out his third apparatus to protect his right hand, and the Trail Blazers guard said he is encouraged that the new approach will allow him to move past the frustration of playing with a protective device on his ball-dominant hand. Turner, who is 4-for-21 in the three games since returning from a broken hand, has balked at the clumsiness and limitations the previous protective devices have caused, at one point ripping off his glove during the second quarter of Tuesday’s loss against Milwaukee. “We had a different pad, where it doesn’t cover the palm,’’ Turner said Wednesday after trying out the new apparatus during a 45-minute workout in practice. “I played some pick up and I thought I shot it well. The three-point shot is going to look how it is going to look, but the mid-range was world class.’’
“(Expletive) is annoying,’’ Turner said. “I don’t really get upset but it’s gotten to the point where I’m getting ready to throw a hissy fit. Last night was really tough not to do that. It’s just irritating – or was irritating – so I’m glad we were able to speed up the process and do what needs to be done.’’
Evan Turner returned to practice Friday after missing roughly five weeks with a fracture in his right hand, and the small forward is expected to play Saturday night when the Blazers visit the Atlanta Hawks. “I’m done talking about the injury and worrying about it, because it’s already over with,” Turner said. “Knock on wood.”
Jason Quick: Blazers guard Evan Turner will receive X-ray on right hand Tuesday in Portland then join team Thursday in Atlanta.
Mike Richman: Evan Turner said he is getting his cast off on Friday. Hopes to play “in a week or so”
Kevin Pelton: With Evan Turner out 5-6 weeks, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said both Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton could see rotation minutes.
Evan Turner is likely out of the Portland Trail Blazers’ lineup for an extended period after fracturing a bone in his right hand in the third quarter of a last-second win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. Turner fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand with under eight minutes left in the third quarter when he tried to get through a screen set by Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes.
Trail Blazers guard/forward Evan Turner left Tuesday night’s game versus the Mavericks midway through the third quarter with what appeared like an injury to his right hand. On further examination, it was found that Turner broke the third metacarpal bone in his right hand, causing the guard/forward to miss the remainder of the game, and likely much more.
Tim MacMahon: Portland’s Evan Turner broke the third metacarpal in his right hand.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Evan Turner will play tonight, wear glasses.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Evan Turner cleared for light, non-contact work tomorrow, still hopeful for Friday.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Evan Turner: I can see fine. If there were no doctors, I would play tonight.
Brian Robb: Evan Turner has been ruled out for Wednesday, says Brad Stevens. He’s questionable for Friday vs. MIL (with the potential for goggles).
Boston Celtics forward Evan Turner has been diagnosed with a right eye abrasion and will be examined later Monday, the team announced. Turner suffered the injury with 15 seconds remaining in Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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March 18, 2018 | 2:14 pm EDT Update
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue left Saturday night’s 114-109 win against the Bulls with an illness, marking the third time this season that his health has kept him from coaching an entire game. With the Cavs leading 69-52 at halftime, Lue remained in the locker room and handed the coaching duties to associate head coach Larry Drew. “I’m not sure exactly what it is,” Drew said when asked about Lue’s condition after the game. “I just know that before coming out in the second half, he wasn’t feeling well. And I thought that there was a chance that he would [eventually] come out, but he just wasn’t well enough to come out, so we had to just go on.”
LeBron James, who notched his 15th triple-double of the season and 70th of his career (33 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists) was asked whether Lue’s health has affected the Cavs this season. “I mean, he’s the captain of the ship, so absolutely,” James said. “We worry about his health, obviously. That’s way more important than this game of basketball. We know he’s been doing everything he needs to do to stay healthy. Take even more measures to get himself right. Everything that’s been going on with our year, it’s just another one.”
James added that he and his teammates are prepared to stay the course when Lue is not feeling well. “It doesn’t catch us off-guard because he’s been dealing with it for so long now,” James said. “But any time he doesn’t come back to the bench, it’s just an alarm going off, obviously. Like I said, his health is more important. He’s not going to talk about it, so I don’t want to talk about it no more either. That’s just how he is, and I don’t want to get too much into it.”
After declaring P.J. Tucker “one of the best defenders I’ve ever seen,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni wondered if Tucker had ever made an NBA All-Defensive team. He has not, which prompted D’Antoni to say Tucker should. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t,” D’Antoni said. “It doesn’t get much better than him.”