May 18, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT
Why would the Pacers mess with an offense that worked better in Game 1 than it has in month?
You can be sure Miami will come out with a much more energetic, focused defense in Game 2. How will Indiana counter?
Maybe with Evan Turner?
The struggling swingman missed Game 1 with a case of strep throat, the team said. Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel said after the game Turner could be back for Game 2.
“I do expect him to be back,” Vogel said in his postgame press conference, broadcast on NBA TV. “I mean, it’s strep throat. Hopefully he’s back by Tuesday.”
Don’t expect to see a lot of Turner. As Ben Golliver noted at SI’s the Point Forward, the Pacers are 3-0 these playoffs when Turner has gotten a DNP (there were two against the Hawks) and 7-1 this postseason when he has taken two shots of fewer.
Pacers president Larry Bird made the move to trade Danny Granger for Evan Turner at the deadline. Granger was popular in the locker room but coming off a knee surgery wasn’t contributing much. Turner, told to fire away on a weak Sixers team, had put up numbers, but asked to play within the Pacers’ system he has struggled.
If Vogel is giving big minutes to Turner it will be a bad sign.
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