The Pacers may be short-handed in their second game on Friday night after the injury status for Myles Turner took a turn for the worse on Friday morning.
On Thursday, Turner was listed as questionable with a sore neck but that status changed to doubtful on Friday morning thanks to a jolt from Trevor Booker in the game on Wednesday.
Tonight's injury report— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 20, 2017
Myles Turner: Doubtful (Sore neck)
Glenn Robinson III: Out (Ankle surgery rehab)
Edmond Sumner: Out (Knee rehab)
Ugh. The Pacers are already filling the gap for Glenn Robinson III, but making up for Turner will be a bigger challenge.
Turner would have his hands full with the size of Jusuf Nurkic in the middle for the Pacers, but he could also flip that advantage if he is healthy. If Turner can’t go, it should be interesting to see how Nate McMillan adjusts the lineup. Next in line at center is Domantas Sabonis, but McMillan may try to match the size with Al Jefferson and then play Sabonis more minutes.
Since the Pacers are short on bigs, they could just play smaller or unleash rookie Ike Anigbogu. I’d love to see the latter depending on how the game is going. Anigbogu and fellow rookie T.J. Leaf on the court at the same time could be a disaster but some nights this season, development will have to be the win the Pacers are chasing.
UPDATE: If Turner can’t go, Sabonis will start.
UPDATE II: Turner is out tonight and tomorrow in Miami. Added concussion to the list. Ugh city.