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Pacers’ Myles Turner helped to locker room during Nets game after non-contact injury to right leg

Myles Turner, Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have seen this movie before. Pacers center Myles Turner was escorted to the locker room after suffering an apparent non-contact injury during Indiana’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

The official diagnosis should come in time, but non-contact injuries almost never result in anything even relatively optimistic. Kevin Durant’s torn Achilles was the result of a non-contact, happenstance event.

This would be yet another crippling blow for a Pacers team that has struggled (0-3) out of the gate. The team is still without Victor Oladipo, who was also the victim of a non-contact injury when he suffered a ruptured quad muscle last January.

Despite his team’s lapses, Turner had gotten off to a tremendous start. The 23-year-old was averaging 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks through the first three games while also shooting over 54 percent from the floor.

Turner has long been considered a potential centerpiece as the man in the middle for the Pacers. However, he has also been a name frequently circulated in trade rumors.

Indiana just recently signed Domantas Sabonis to a four-year extension, and the two never really seemed to mesh on the floor as the Pacers frontcourt starters. Naturally, this seemed to make Turner a potential candidate to dangle at the trade deadline.

Unfortunately, this injury could keep Turner on the shelf for quite some time. Not only is that a shame for Turner and the Pacers, but it is a shame for NBA fans.

Turner was one of the most vocal and entertaining members of the USA Senior Team at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in Beijing, and he is as charismatic as they come.