UPDATE (8:30 PM): Turner told reporters after the game that the injury would likely not need surgery. He did not, however, announce a recovery timeframe.
In classic ET fashion, he also lamented the “janky” nature of the injury, wishing he had a “legit injury” by “going up for a dunk or something cool like that, not playing defense, chasing somebody over a screen.” Here’s audio of the full interview, courtesy of Casey Holdahl, the Blazers Digital Reporter:
The incident occurred with 7:47 to go in the third quarter when Turner ran into a Harrison Barnes screen. Turner held his hand gingerly for several possessions before heading to the Portland locker room.
Blazers PR subsequently reported that Turner had fractured the hand.
Evan Turner (right hand fracture, third metacarpal) will not return to tonight's game in Dallas.— Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) February 8, 2017
Despite the injury, Turner still took the time to throw a left-handed fastbreak assist to Al-Farouq Aminu.
Turner had scored 11 points in 23 minutes in this game at the time of the injury. He is averaging 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game for the season. With Turner down, the Blazers are missing both of their major free-agent signings from the Summer of 2016. Center Festus Ezeli has yet to suit up for Portland this year.