Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is expected to miss Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a sprained right ankle.
Turner, 23, suffered the injury in the first quarter of Wednesday’s victory over the Nets in Brooklyn and did not return.
The Pacers have not provided a specific timetable for Turner’s return, but his teammates told reporters Wednesday night that they don’t expect him to play Friday against Cleveland.
The Athletic reported that Turner likely will undergo an MRI once the Pacers return to Indiana and that he is expected to miss multiple games.
The 6-foot-11 Turner is averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in four games this season for Indiana.
A broken nose couldn’t force him out of action earlier last season, though he was later sidelined for a four-game stretch as the result of a sore right shoulder.
Turner is averaging 17.3points, 8.3rebounds and 1.7 blocks through the first threegames this season.
When the 6’11”, 250-pound center is on the court, the Pacers have a big man who can be a presence in the paint on offense and defense. Turner has proved he can clean up the boards, swat shots and score in double-digits as well.