Pacers' Evan Turner (strep throat) expected to return for Game 2 vs. Heat
Pacers guard Evan Turner is expected to return for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat after missing Indiana's Game 1 victory on Sunday with strep throat.
"I do expect [Turner] to be back," coach Frank Vogel said following Indiana's 107-96 victory at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "I mean, it’s strep throat. Hopefully he’s back by Tuesday."
The 25-year-old Turner was a late scratch for Game 1 after playing in 81 regular season games and 11 of Indiana's 13 postseason games. Turner twice received DNP-CDs during the Pacers' first-round series against the Hawks. Indiana improved to 3-0 without Turner during the playoffs and 7-1 when he takes two shots or fewer.
Here, Turner missed out on one of Indiana's best offensive performances in recent months, as six Pacers finished in double figures. Indiana's 107 points marked their highest total of the postseason, eclipsing their previous high of 97. The last time Indiana scored more than 107 points was a March 15 overtime win over Detroit.
The Pacers acquired Turner from the Sixers in a February trade. The No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, Turner averaged 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21.1 minutes per game while shooting 41.1 percent after arriving in Indiana. He has averaged 3.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 13.3 minutes per game while shooting 42.9 percent in the 2014 playoffs.