Myles Turner Struggling Mightily As Pacers Enter Playoffs
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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s arguably the biggest question/X-factor facing the Indiana Pacers going into the postseason.
For all the good the Pacers have had this season---and it’s a lot of good---there’s a trend flaring up again at the wrong time of the season.
An inconsistent, unproductive Myles Turner has once again reappeared.
Actually, Turner’s been pretty consistent over the last couple of weeks, just not in a good way.
Turner has scored in double figures in just 1 of his last 9 games. In those 9 games, Turner has had just 2 games of more than 4 rebounds.
Including a 24-point, 8-rebound outing against the Clippers on Easter Sunday, Turner has averaged 7.9 points and 3.8 rebounds over this 9-game stretch. He's shooting just 35 percent from the field and 4-of-17 from three-point range.
This ugly run of basketball saw Turner saddled with foul trouble in Sunday’s win over the Hornets. After picking up 2 fouls in the game’s first 90 seconds, Turner logged only 7 minutes of game action, finishing the afternoon scoreless (0-for-4 from the field), with 1 rebound.
Turner’s worst game of the season, one where he didn’t play in the final 22 minutes, came at a time where Domantas Sabonis has found his form again. Sabonis had 30 points off the bench on Sunday.
Since returning from a nagging injury 7 games ago, Sabonis has averaged 11.7 points and 5.9 rebounds off the bench.
Nate McMillan is going to have a decision to make on just how long Turner’s leash will be in the playoffs.
For the Pacers (48-33) to make any serious run in the postseason, Indiana needs the aggressive/productive Turner that was seen in late February and early March.
But, for now, the lingering question that has been there for a majority of the 2017-18 season is again looming over:
What Myles Turner should the Pacers expect with playoff basketball arriving this weekend?