After suffering a broken nose during the third quarter of Monday’s win over the Hawks, Myles Turner underwent a minor 10-minute procedure yesterday to reset the bone and was an observer at today’s practice as the team prepared for the upcoming five-game road trip that begins Friday night in Chicago.
“He’ll get fitted for a mask today to cover and protect,” Nate McMillan said. “He didn’t practice today. We expect him to go through practice tomorrow, and hope that he’ll be ready on Friday.”
The injury occurred when Turner blocked John Collins at the rim and the two then collided while clambering for the loose ball. Turner told reporters following the game that he had a headache, but also indicated that it didn’t “feel” like it did when he was diagnosed with a concussion in October of 2017.
Per The Athletic’s Scott Agness, those symptoms didn’t persist or worsen over the last two days.
It’s obviously never a good thing when a player suffers a brain injury, but the timing would’ve been particularly unfortunate for Turner, who has started coming into his own during the month of December, averaging 15.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks while shooting 53 percent from the field and 50 percent from three.
In that regard, needing to play with a protective mask isn’t ideal, but at least he should be able to play. Adding another accessory might even turn out to be a blessing in disguise (pun intended), given the effect that tying his hair back and transforming into Ponytail Myles had on his numbers.
In the event that Turner isn’t cleared by Friday, Kyle O’Quinn will have to step in at the back-up role. When last pressed into service in Orlando with Sabonis out with food poisoning, the bearded third-string center chipped in a double-double and finished plus-8 in 27 minutes of action.
Notably, O’Quinn has only played more than 15 minutes in a game twice this season.
The five-game East coast swing includes big match-ups with Toronto (Jan. 6) and Boston (Jan. 9), the latter of which comes on the second night of a back-to-back.