Indiana Pacers star Myles Turner picked up a thumb fracture during the first session of Wednesday’s game at Boston. Turner is now consulting the medical staff of his club regarding a rehabilitation program.
Rookie Turner could miss four weeks of action due to this fracture, according to sources. Turner sustained the fracture with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. His teammate Jordan Hill quickly stopped the game with a foul, allowing Turner to go to the bench.
The Pacers selected 6-foot-11 rookie Turner as the 11th pick out of Texas in 2015 NBA draft. Turner was roped in as a back-up of senior Roy Hibbert.
“The kid just works so hard and was really growing every day,” Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel said about 19-year-old Turner. “He’ll definitely be missed while he’s out.” Turner averaged seven points on 55.3 percent shooting alongside 3.3 rebounds and one block in 17.9 minutes per game this season.
During his absence, the Pacers are looking to replace Jordan Hill in the team. Veteran Hill signed a $4 million, one-year contract this offseason in free agency. The 28-year-old Hill contributed 12 points, eight rebounds in the 22 minutes he featured on Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics.