Pacers rookie Myles Turner out 6 weeks after thumb surgery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Pacers center Myles Turner is expected to miss six weeks after surgery Monday to repair a chip fracture in his left thumb.

The rookie was injured during last week's victory at Boston. Initially, the team said the No. 11 overall pick in the June draft would miss four weeks.

''During the surgery, they found a ligament tear as well and that's complicated things a little bit and prolonged the timeline,'' coach Frank Vogel said before Indiana's game at Chicago. ''Six weeks is the earliest he'll get back. It could be longer.''

The 6-foot-11 Turner was off to a solid start, averaging 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in his first eight pro games.

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