The bright side of the Pacers latest injury update on Myles Turner stated, “He will not require surgery.”
When that’s the good news, there is no good news. Instead we learn that Turner is considered week-to-week after being diagnosed with a ligament sprain and muscle strain in his valuable right elbow.
Forget playing on the current road trip, which finds the Pacers in Salt Lake City to play the Jazz on Monday night, Turner may be out multiple weeks. The injury will be updated next week which will be two weeks into the injury, but the week-to-week status normally means at least another week on the shelf.
Do the Pacers hold Turner out until the NBA All-Star break?
The Pacers have 19 games and four weeks before enjoying eight days off around the All-Star break. That’s a lot of games without Turner, more than a quarter of the season if you factor in the three games he’s already missed.
Oh, and before the break is the NBA trade deadline. Now the second injury to Turner, combined with a few missed games by Victor Oladipo, has slowed the Pacers progress at times this season. Now their in the middle of buying and selling land with valuable assets to consider dealing before the break.
Big man depth is already an issue for the Pacers, so will Turner’s injury spur an more deliberate effort to bolster the front court?
Regardless, the only true bright side for an injury like this is that when Turner returns, the rest of his body will be fresh, rested and ready for a stretch run for the Pacers.