Failing to record a block for the first time this season while appearing somewhat tentative in his debut as a masked man, Myles Turner’s acclimation to his newest accessory may have just hit another snag. Per Fox Sports Indiana’s Jeremiah Johnson, the 22-year-old shot-blocker is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Raptors with right shoulder soreness.
There’s no official word on when the injury occurred, but Turner’s arm appeared to get held while battling for a loose ball with 6 minutes, 38 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Regardless of if that particular play was the direct cause of today’s soreness or merely exacerbated an already existing issue, he was seen on camera working out his shoulder at the next stoppage.
From that point forward, Turner played another two minutes or so before picking up his fourth foul and being subbed out. He then logged 28 seconds in the final frame and 2:44 in overtime, where he attempted his last and only other field goal attempt of the game:
We're all talking about Vic's big three last night, but don't forget Masked Myles' big shot from the behind the arc late in OT too. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/lpVls7sEq4— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 5, 2019
Granted, other factors likely contributed to his decrease in minutes (i.e. Chicago’s switching, his broken nose, Sabonis racking up 23 points and 12 rebounds, etc.), but that go-ahead three becomes all the more impressive when considered within the context of him draining a big, late-game shot — his first recorded attempt since under the 3:00 minute mark of the first quarter — with his shoulder bothering him.
If Turner isn’t good to go against Toronto, 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.
As for the Raptors, Jonas Valanciunas continues to be out for Toronto, but early indicators are that Kawhi Leonard will be in the lineup for the second night of the back-to-back after playing tonight in Milwaukee.
Potential depth charts aside, the timing of this latest setback is particularly unfortunate for Turner, who had 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.
With Serge Ibaka sidelined alongside Valanciunas in the first meeting between these two teams, Greg Monroe and Chris Boucher combined for 18 points as the next men up at the center position and nearly outscored Turner and Sabonis (22 points).