Turner totaled 13 points (6-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 32 minutes during the Celtics' 111-101 loss versus the Nets on Sunday. Turner has only played 30 minutes in three of the Celtics' 13 games thus far, but with Marcus Smart (knee) out for the next two weeks, it's possible Turner will be asked to play a more prominent role off the bench for a bit. Turner doesn't typically hit three-pointers or block shots, but given minutes he can be a decent source of scoring, rebounds, and assists. The Celtics are back in action on Tuesday versus the Hawks.
Turner has played under 25 minutes in the previous four games with the return of Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley. Smart and Bradley have missed a combined five games this season, which thrusted Turner into a larger ball-handling role in the backcourt. Now, with both back healthy, Turner's usage has gone way down. When the former Buckeye plays upwards of 30 minutes, he can be productive across the box score, but he is only reliable for that kind of usage when someone in Boston's backcourt has been ruled out.
Turner will return to a bench role Friday versus the Hawks. Turner moved into the starting lineup in place of Avery Bradley (leg) on Wednesday, but coach Brad Stevens will go with Marcus Smart as the starting shooting guard alongside Isaiah Thomas on Friday. Turner will likely see a slight minutes reduction, but he's still likely to see a fairly significant role off the bench. The Ohio State product is coming off of a 20-point performance Wednesday, and he's scored in double-figures in four straight games.
Turner posted 20 points (9-13 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three assists, one steal, and two blocks in 33 minutes of action Wednesday against the Pacers. Turner managed to stuff the stat sheet in extended minutes Wednesday, and owners who rode him in daily contests reaped the reward. He's unlikely going to keep this up throughout the season, but he still holds value in deeper leagues.
Turner managed to score 11 points with four rebounds and four assists Wednesday against the Pacers. Turner led the Celtics' bench in scoring Wednesday night through his 21 minutes on the court. Turner started 57 games in 2014-15, but has come off the bench in Boston's first four games this season. He's establishing himself as the team's sixth man with 6.3 points 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He's not playing as much as he has in the years past and his numbers are reflecting that early on, but he's a scorer worth keeping an eye on down the road if his role happens to increase.
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