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.

Courtesy: ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 18: Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers grabs a rebound against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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.


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