Turner collected six points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 20 minutes during Sunday's 115-104 victory over the
Sunday marked Turner's second game back from a broken hand that caused him to miss 14 contests, and he certainly performed better than his 1-for-9 showing from the field during his return. The 6-7, 28-year-old can play a variety of positions, acting similarly to a utility player in baseball, able patch any holes within the rotation. That jack-of-all-trades skillset comes with the downside that he's a master-of-none, averaging 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists across 26.1 per game on just 42.9 percent from the field. That being said, fantasy owners likely weren't coming into the season with expectations of significant improvement from Turner, and he'll likely round back into his usual form once he shakes the rust off from his injury.
Turner registered two points (1-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds, three assists and one block across 19 minutes in a 113-97 win over the Hawks on Sunday.
As expected, coach Terry Stotts brought Turner off the bench after the veteran swingman missed the past 14 games with a fractured hand. He looked quite rusty in his return to action, and it may take a few games for the 28-year-old to regain confidence with his shooting, which has never been a strong suit. Even once he's rounded into form, Turner isn't a safe bet to see more than 25-to-30 minutes per game and won't see heavy usage so long as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are healthy, so his fantasy utility will be restricted to deeper leagues.
Turner (hand) will be available for Saturday's game against the Hawks, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
A fractured right hand has sidelined Turner for the last month-plus, but after going through a full practice Friday, he's been cleared to return to game action. Since he's been able to do cardio work while rehabbing, Turner likely won't face a strict minutes restriction, though it may take a little while for him to shake off the rust after missing 14 games.
Turner (hand) is expected to play Saturday against the Hawks, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.
Turner has been sidelined since Feb. 8 with a fractured right hand, but he's been able to take part in full-contact drills for more than a week and seems to have just about regained full range of motion. He took part in Friday's practice and went through one-on-one drills after the session, so as long as he incurs no setbacks during morning shootaround Saturday, Turner should be back in action later that evening. Since he was able to do cardio work throughout his month-plus absence, Turner isn't expected to be far behind his teammates from a conditioning standpoint, but his playing time still may be restricted a bit as coach Terry Stotts attempts to work the swingman back into the rotation. Maurice Harkless, Allen Crabbe and Shabazz Napier are most at risk of losing out at least some minutes with Turner back in the fold.
After being given a five-to-six-week timetable for a return after breaking his right hand on Feb. 8, Turner will resume practicing with the Trail Blazers on Friday. In his absence, Maurice Harkless has been holding down the fort, averaging 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.2 steals across 30.6 minutes per game. It's possible that coach Terry Stotts will keep his current starting five once Turner returns, possibly easing him back into the rotation. That being said, with the playoffs looming, the Trail Blazers would likely want Turner back in the swing of things as soon as possible. His first chance to play will come Saturday against the Hawks.
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