Myles Turner is trying to be patient with himself, but he wants to see quick progress. After missing nine games with an elbow injury, Turner returned to action Saturday night for the Indiana Pacers during their 114-112 comeback victory over the Orlando Magic. The Pacers (27-23) showed impressive resiliency after falling behind by 21 points in the second quarter, and allowing 70 points in the first half. However, Turner struggled in 11 minutes, committing five fouls while contributing four points and three rebounds off the bench. When Turner was on the floor, the Pacers had a plus-minus ratio of -12, and he sat out the final 20 minutes while the Pacers were playing their best. Turner hopes to see improvement Monday night, when the Pacers host the Charlotte Hornets. “Just to be out there with the guys again, that was the most important part,” said Turner. “You build on it and just keep going.” Asked about the difficulty of finding his conditioning and timing, Turner said, “I have to, I don’t have a choice. I just want to play my way back into shape.” Injuries have made it difficult for Turner to continue the steady improvement he displayed during his first two NBA seasons. He suffered a concussion opening night against the Brooklyn Nets and missed seven games. His elbow injury occurred in freakish fashion -- while dunking against the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 8.
Turner hopes to shake off rust quickly to help Pacers keep winning
Indianapolis Star | Jan 29