Pacers’ center Myles Turner fractures hand, will miss time

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Myles Turner was drafted No. 11 by the Pacers as a project — a lot of talent but a lot of work to do on his game, he wasn’t expected to contribute a lot as a rookie. Except he has — entering Wednesday night he had averaged 7 points on 55.3 percent shooting, 3.3 rebounds, and thrown in a block in 17.9 minutes per game.

Which is why this is bad news, via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star.

The team had called it a sprained left thumb when it happened, but it turned out to be more postgame.

The good news is that is his off hand, so he should be able to return to the court more quickly. He will be re-examined on Thursday before a timetable is set.

Despite the injury, the Pacers beat the Celtics 102-91 behind 26 and 10 from Paul George. This improves Indiana to 5-4 on the season.