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Frank Vogel Making The Right Decision In Starting Myles Turner

Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel made the decision to give rookie Myles Turner his first NBA start Thursday night. Turner scored 20 points and added on six rebounds as the Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 111-92.

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It may be safe to say that Vogel's decision to start the 19-year-old Turner Thursday night was long overdue. After showing flashes of his potential throughout the last few weeks Turner finally got his opportunity to cash in, and cash in he did.

For the Pacers, the insertion of Turner into the starting lineup could be the spark that this team desperately needs after going 1-7 over their last eight games prior to yesterday's matchup against the Hawks. The Pacer's playoff hopes currently hang by a thread, as the team sits in the eight and final seed of the Eastern Conference. Only two games ahead of the Charlotte Hornets, and two games out of the playoff race.

Luckily for Indiana there are many more games to be played to give the team the opportunity to turn things around and make their way up the ladder in the East, and Vogel may just have to experiment with keeping Turner in the starting-five to see if his play as of late could really make an impact on the Pacer's success moving forward this year.

As stated earlier, Turner is only 19-years-old and has a tremendous amount of time to grow as a player and improve his skill-set more so than he already has. It appears that Larry Bird hit a home-run last June when he selected Turner with the team's 11th-overall pick, and now it may be time for Turner to become a regular in the starting lineup.

The Pacers will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday night when the Denver Nuggets come into town.