Pacers rookie big man Myles Turner continued his evolution into a revelation for the Pacers with 31 points against the Warriors, a performance that demands more minutes as he continues to chow down on every opportunity to play.
The Pacers weren't ready for the speed of the Warriors to start the game which resulted in foul trouble and a big early deficit. As a team, once they adjusted to GSW's style of play that can't be replicated, results improved.
Myles Turner had a lot to do with the Pacers improved play over the final three quarters as the Dubs reserve rotation simply couldn't handle him. Most impressive was how comfortable Turner looked on the floor. Even as the Warriors kept scrambling and trying to maintain their signature form a chaos, the rook remained active yet in control around the rim.
The body control he displayed on the lob finish in transition shown below was even more evident in the second half when he received a tough pass in traffic, was fouled but still easily finished the layup. Sorry, but we've seen our share of missed bunnies in similar situations which made the drama free catch and finish SOOOO refreshing to watch.
Turner has played around 30 minutes in the past three games and has certainly earned the right to maintain at least that much court time. The Warriors eventually doubled Turner which didn't go well but is exactly the thing he needs to be exposed to as he continues to develop. Letting him start and face Boogie Cousins tonight in Sacramento would be another big step.
One the rook has earned.
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