NBA Rumor: Myles Turner Injury

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As long as Myles Turner can handle the discomfort in his right hand, he can play for the Indiana Pacers. After missing the last games with an avulsion fracture in his shooting hand, the Pacers could have him back for Friday’s home game vs. the Orlando Magic. It’s Turner’s call. “It’s a broken bone. Real small. Real miniscule. There’s really not much you can do for it to heal,” Turner said after Thursday’s practice session. “No surgery. No time off. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to get used to.”

During Monday’s 116-108 win against the Atlanta Hawks, they found that out when Myles Turner suffered a broken nose and couldn’t return. His status for 2019 has yet to be determined though coach Nate McMillan is optimistic he’ll be available for the start of a five-game road trip that begins Jan. 4 at the Chicago Bulls. “The hope is that he doesn’t have a concussion but he can play with a broken nose,” McMillan said. “You just put a mask on, but if there is a concussion that’s something a little different.” Turner will be re-evaluated Tuesday and receive a mask to protect the injury.

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner underwent successful surgery Monday afternoon to repair a chip fracture in his left thumb, sustained during the first half of last Wednesday night’s game at Boston. The surgery was performed at OrthoIndy Hospital by hand surgeon Dr. Tim Dicke. Turner is expected to miss six weeks.
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