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Pacers’ Myles Turner hoping to return Saturday vs. Bucks

Myles Turner, Pacers

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is hoping to return to the court on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Turner is recovering from a sprained right ankle he sustained against the Brooklyn Nets at the end of October.

Turner is averaging 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the Pacers in four games. He is shooting 55.0 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The Pacers are 7-4 on the season. Former Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is playing really well for Indiana in the absence of Turner. He’s putting up 20.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game on the season. Brogdon is shooting 46.9 percent overall, 32.7 percent from the 3-point line and 98.0 percent from the charity stripe.

Turner’s frontcourt partner, Domantas Sabonis, has also stepped up in a big way this season when he has been on the floor. Sabonis is averaging 19.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 51.8 percent from the field in 34.9 minutes per game.

At some point this season, the Pacers are going to get All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo back. Indiana is looking to redeem itself from last season. The Pacers got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

The Pacers take on James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets on Friday.