Evan Turner Illness: Updates on Pacers Guard's Recovery and Return

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, May 20

Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report spoke to Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, who updated Evan Turner's status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals:

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Evan Turner hasn't been a very big factor in the NBA postseason for the Indiana Pacers. He'll be a complete non-factor in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat due to strep throat.

The Pacers tweeted the news on Sunday:

After the Pacers' 107-96 win in Game 1, coach Frank Vogel provided an update on Turner via Shane Young of Hoops Habit: 

Turner was a part of one of the bigger deals at the NBA trade deadline this year, coming over from the Philadelphia 76ers. But in the postseason he's been largely buried on the bench, averaging just 3.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 13.3 minutes per game. 

Against the Washington Wizards, he averaged just 2.2 points per contest. As Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report noted, Turner is one of the many additions on both the Pacers and Heat that probably won't play a major role in this series:

It seems unlikely that Turner would miss more than one game, but it also seems unlikely he'll make a major difference for the Pacers once he returns. In the two meetings between the Pacers and Heat after Turner was acquired by Indiana, he scored a total of 11 points in 37 minutes.

Plus, Indiana has seemingly regained its swagger after going down 3-2 against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, winning six of eight since. It's unlikely the Pacers would try to fix a rotation that doesn't seem to be broken right now by placing a higher emphasis on getting Turner minutes. 

You won't see Turner in Game 1 at all. But you likely won't see him all that much once he's healthy, either.