(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – The Pacers are about ready to start their five-game road trip to start 2019 but at Wednesday’s practice the main focus was the status of Myles Turner and his broken nose.
“It’s back in place. A little sore but it was a 10-minute procedure and that was that,” Turner said. “I’m going to get fitted for a face mask after practice and I’ll probably have to wear that for a while until the bone heals.”
Nate McMillan was hopeful Turner would be able to play Friday against the Bulls.
Meanwhile, Thaddeus Young said the team never feels overmatched.
“We’ve always been a highly confident team. We always believed we could be one of the top teams in the east, which we are. We want to continue to keep our defense in sync and distribute the ball on offense. We have a lot of integral parts on this team.”
Meanwhile, Nate McMillan was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December, the NBA announced on Wednesday. McMillan guided the Pacers to the best record in the league in December, going 12-3, including ending the month on a five-game winning streak.
It’s the second time McMillan has won the award, last winning in for April 2017.
Houston’s Mike D’Antoni was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month.