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Pacers’ Myles Turner credits rejuvenated play to social media withdrawal

Myles Turner, Pacers

It hasn’t been the breakout season for Myles Turner that many peopled expected. The 6-foot-11, 250-pound big man had a rough start to his fifth NBA season with the Indiana Pacers, failing to reach double-digit points in eight of his first 16 games and his rebound production dropping off compared to last season.

Now 36 games into the season, Turner — once seen by many as the future of the Pacers franchise, has begun to pick up his play.

In the team’s last 10 games, Turner is averaging 16.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and has scored in double digits in all but one contest. Turner has also shot over 50 percent from the field over that span as well.

After going just 1-for-8 from the field against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers last November, Turner decided to withdraw from social media — a decision he credits for his recent strong play.

“As soon as I turned off social media, I started playing better,” Myles Turner said about deactivating his Twitter and Instagram accounts soon afterward. “I wasn’t wasting my days scrolling through tweets and posts and (expletive) like that. Social media is good for what it’s worth.” per J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star.

However, despite the big man’s rejuvenated play, the Pacers are in the midst of a cold streak. Indiana has lost four of their last five games and are most recently coming off a five-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Still, the Pacers, at 22-14 are still in a solid position as we enter the new year. The sixth seed in the Easten Conference, Indiana is still waiting on star shooting guard Victor Oladipo to return from a leg injury he suffered last January.