Turner tallied five points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), seven assists, three rebounds and two steals over 27 minutes in Wednesday's 110-81 loss to the Warriors. Although Portland was dominated by the Warriors on Wednesday, Turner was effective in distributing the ball, often shifting to the 1 or 2 slot during various points in the contest. Turner has been a dependable option for the team and has often been a popular DFS tournament pick, but so far it appears that Portland is clearly outmatched in this series. Unless they can turn things around at home on Saturday, only Damien Lillard and C.J, McCollum can be considered reasonable DFS targets at this point and all Portland players will carry some risk.
Turner finished with 12 points (3-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 36 minutes during Sunday's 121-109 loss to the Warriors. With starting center Jusuf Nurkic (lower leg) out Sunday, Turner collected his third straight start at small forward and helped pick up slack on the glass, providing his best rebounding effort since he ripped down 10 boards Dec. 8 against the Grizzlies. It's unclear what kind of a role he may have once Nurkic returns, though Turner averages 12.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals per 36 minutes, making him a solid low-cost option in DFS if he's in line for that kind of workload moving forward. That being said, if Allen Crabbe, who shot just 1-for-5 in 22 minutes Sunday, steps his game up, it could cut into Turner's playing time as well. The Trail Blazers' health and starting lineup are, therefore, worth monitoring, as they will likely have a significant effect on Turner's workload and production for the remainder of the series.
Turner will start at small forward for Game 1 against the Warriors on Sunday. Turner started the last two games of the regular season after logging just 10 previous starts in the season and it appears coach Terry Stotts liked what he saw. He'll leave Turner in the top unit for Game 1 Sunday, as the Blazers opt to go with a smaller lineup that features Turner, Maurice Harkless and Noah Vonleh in the frontcourt. Turner should see a pretty decent workload, but the fact that Allen Crabbe (foot) is expected to play, could cut into Turner's playing time.
Turner will start at small forward for Monday's matchup with the Spurs, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports. The Trail Blazers have recently been starting Maurice Harkless at small forward, but it appears coach Terry Stotts wants to potentially get Harkless some extra rest, so he'll change it up Monday with Turner working as a starter. The team is holding out the likes of Damian Lillard (foot), C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe (foot), so Turner should be in line for a pretty hefty workload due to his potential to play multiple positions. In 10 previous starts this season, Turner has averaged 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists across 29.9 minutes.
Turner pitched in with 18 points (6-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two assists, one rebound, two steals and one block over 26 minutes in Saturday's 130-117 win over the Suns. This was the game the Blazers and fantasy owners had been waiting to see from Turner, who'd struggled to generate any offensive production since returning from a hand injury on March 18. It was the veteran's first double-digit scoring effort in the last five games and highest point total since back on Feb. 3. Turner's playing time was also his highest since returning, and the type of success he encountered Saturday could propel him to a string of productive outings during the balance of Portland's playoff push.
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