Jason Quick: Evan Turner says he will start. His right shoe has been fitted with a titanium plate to protect big toe. Says he still has pain but hopes adrenaline kicks in and masks it.
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Jason Quick: Blazers announce Evan Turner (toe) is out for Game 3.
Joe Freeman: Evan Turner, when asked if he’ll be healed in time for Game 3: “I should be all right. I think. I’ll be straight. I don’t know. I’ll be straight. You never know with me. That’s the good thing about me. I’m random. So I could probably feel great tomorrow. I’ll be straight.”
Joe Freeman: Blazers announce that Evan Turner (low back soreness), Jusuf Nurkić (low back soreness), Ed Davis (right foot strain) and Shabazz Napier (toe) are available for tonight’s game vs the Thunder.
Joe Freeman: Evan Turner (left calf) will be active tonight vs. the Hornets. Will he start? “No comment,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
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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Orlando Sentinel: From what you’ve seen of Mohamed Bamba already, what can he ultimately accomplish? What’s his ceiling? Steve Clifford: Oh, he has a tremendous upside. The NBA now is so much about two-way players, versatility and positional size. And he has all of those things. When you start watching him, this stands out right away: his size, length and agility. The rebounding part, the blocked-shot part — those are the things that strike you right away. But he also, to me, has a very good feel and instincts for the game naturally. He can read the defense. He can anticipate off the ball. I see someone who sees the game, and in this league, it’s hard to win if you can’t play a smart game. He’s going to play an intelligent, smart game, which in this league is paramount.
OS: You went out to San Jose to see Aaron Gordon. You could’ve just called him up on the phone. Why go out there? And how did that go? Steve Clifford: It was very good for me because I got to see him work out. When I first got here the first day, the three of us sat down — Jeff, John and I — and they gave me a good evaluation on all the players, where they’re at. So it was a great starting point for me. And they had told me what a great worker Aaron was. So when I went out there I watched him work out in the weight room and then also on the floor. And then we had a good chance to talk, too. So it was good. Obviously, there’s a big difference between talking to someone on the phone and meeting them face-to-face. In order to build the right type of player-coach relationship, which is so critical in this league, I just feel like the face-to-face part is much more beneficial.
Sirius XM NBA: “People are not talking about Chicago in the same way they talked about Boston and Philadelphia, as being a team of the future because it snuck up on everybody to a huge degree… It’s going to become very in vogue to say that the Bulls are a team of the future” @David Griffin
Royce White: Here is a snapshot of my journey. In 2012 I was drafted by the Houston Rockets. I came into the NBA with COMPLETE DISCLOSURE of my pre-existing diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Despite the editorial intro that has so commonly been the synopsis of my story, my inability to manage anxiety WAS NOT the cause of my “career derailment.” My choice to live transparently, collaboratively and safely was. As my first season in the NBA approached, Houston and I began to discuss how to foster a supportive environment.
Royce White: My motivation was to connect some dots on the psychological psuedo-science I was presented with in my pre-draft process. During the discussions with Houston, my management team and I were shocked to discover there were NO FORMAL MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES. In response, I attempted to formalize a written agreement that would modify existing policies to encompass mental health. The proposal we suggested included ALL TEAM PERSONNEL, not just PLAYERS. That proposal was tacitly denied. It was during this time that birth was given to a narrative behind the scenes that I was simply ”AWOL” and non-compliant. This was mostly the work of Daryl Morey and maybe others that I am not aware of. That narrative was untrue and drove me to Twitter and other media outlets to exonerate myself.
Royce White: This season the world saw three very good NBA players (Kevin Love, Demar Derozan & Kelly Oubre) make global headlines. These men BRAVELY disclosed their own mental health struggles with the public. However, they were not the first and MORE IMPORTANTLY they won’t be the last. Recent studies have shown that athletes may be even more predisposed to mental health struggles than other citizens. …. The most notable case of a completely PROACTIVE approach in the NBA may certainly be my own. Sadly when I challenged policy and advocated for my own health, people within my own support system feared the peripheral effects of my public castigation. They worried many players wouldn’t discuss their plights going forward due to the condemnation that was crystallizing around my story. Although I didn’t want to believe it, they were somewhat right. Over the past 5-6 years I’ve been contacted by hundreds of players that have expressed many of their various mental health afflictions. Unfortunately many of them have also expressed an apprehension to share those afflictions with their team or the public.