The Pacers enjoyed arguably the best game of the season from Myles Turner on Monday when he scored 22 points in just 21 minutes off the bench, efficiently making 4 of 6 threes and 8 of 11 shots overall.
I say arguably since Turner’s opening night performance with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks remains his best game of the season, so maybe it is more appropriate to say this was Turner’s most important game for the Pacers. The game is so much easier for the Pacers when Turner can deliver like he did on Monday.
After not scoring over 20 points in the last 17 games (including 8 games missed for the elbow injury), Turner caught fire and showed us flashes of how valuable he can be spreading the floor in half-court offensive action. When he checked in for the final 4:34 of the game, it was apparent Nate McMillan wanted to see him close out the game and within 15 seconds Turner hit his final three which pushed the lead back to 10 points.
As Mark Montieth reports, Turner proved he was ready to resume his starting role against Memphis on Wednesday. The combo of Turner and Domas Sabonis gives the Pacers a quality duo to mix and match against opponents much like the back court trio of Darren Collison, Cory Joseph and Lance Stephenson. The same combination that starts the game won’t necessarily finish it, which has been a welcomed adjustment from McMillan this year, rolling with a flexible playing rotation to milk whatever may be working from game to game.
Now if that good news on Glenn Robinson III closing in on a return comes to fruition, maybe the Pacers will have the same luxury with their wing players.
Oh, and speaking of Mark Montieth, congrats to Mark on being elected to the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame. Also, joining Mark is former long-time Pacers’ scribe, Conrad Burner. Congragts Mark and Bruno!
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