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Myles Turner returns to Pacers lineup vs. Bucks after eight-game absence

Myles Turner, Pacers

After missing the previous eight games, Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner will return to the lineup on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Turner has recovered 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 7-5 on the season. Former Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is playing really well for Indiana, putting up 19.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game on the season. He is also shooting 46.4 percent overall, 30.8 percent from the 3-point line and 98.0 percent from the charity stripe.

However, Brogdon won’t play on Saturday due to a back injury he suffered on Friday against the Houston Rockets.

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 19.6 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 51.6 percent from the field in 35.0 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, during which they got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2019 playoffs.