Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Evan Turner (strep throat) expected to be back for Pacers in Game 2

Los Angeles Lakers v Indiana Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 25: Evan Turner #12 of the Indiana Pacers looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 25, 2014 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 condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2014 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBAE/Getty Images

Why would the Pacers mess with an offense that worked better in Game 1 than it has in month?

You can be sure Miami will come out with a much more energetic, focused defense in Game 2. How will Indiana counter?

Maybe with Evan Turner?

The struggling swingman missed Game 1 with a case of strep throat, the team said. Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel said after the game Turner could be back for Game 2.

“I do expect him to be back,” Vogel said in his postgame press conference, broadcast on NBA TV. “I mean, it’s strep throat. Hopefully he’s back by Tuesday.”

Don’t expect to see a lot of Turner. As Ben Golliver noted at SI’s the Point Forward, the Pacers are 3-0 these playoffs when Turner has gotten a DNP (there were two against the Hawks) and 7-1 this postseason when he has taken two shots of fewer.

Pacers president Larry Bird made the move to trade Danny Granger for Evan Turner at the deadline. Granger was popular in the locker room but coming off a knee surgery wasn’t contributing much. Turner, told to fire away on a weak Sixers team, had put up numbers, but asked to play within the Pacers’ system he has struggled.

If Vogel is giving big minutes to Turner it will be a bad sign.