Thursday, February 9 - Celtics at Trail Blazers
Pregame – Turner Suffers Tough Break Ahead of C’s Game
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland swingman Evan Turner surely had Thursday’s game against the Boston Celtics highlighted on his calendar.
Unfortunately, the former Celtic fan-favorite will be forced to watch the matchup from the Trail Blazers’ sidelines when they host Boston at 7:30 p.m.
Turner suffered a broken third metacarpal in his right hand Tuesday night when he collided with Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes while attempting to fight off a screen. He is expected to miss five to six weeks.
Turner said ahead of Thursday’s tip-off that he’s a quick healer, so he hopes to return to the court on the earlier side of that projected timespan. He recalled back to his collegiate playing days at Ohio State when he broke a bone in his back and only missed a month of action.
“Though I was 21 at the time,” the now-28-year-old noted. “I’m an old man now.”
The timing of the injury is particularly frustrating to Turner, considering he had just begun to grow comfortable in Portland’s system and even earned a starting role in the Blazers’ rotation three weeks ago.
“Sometimes when something good happens to me, five more bad things are going to happen,” Turner said Thursday evening, an hour ahead of tip-off at Moda Center. “But it’s going to work itself out. It’s going to be all right.”
The timing is also difficult on the Blazers (23-30), who went 5-4 during Turner’s last nine starts and are now just half a game out of eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
“We need all the bodies we have, so it was definitely frustrating,” said Turner who is averaging 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season. “But I guess one perk is that it wasn’t anything worse, and on top (of that), All-Star break is going to take a week. So hopefully I don’t miss too much.”
- Taylor C. Snow