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Injury Update: Evan Turner (Hand) Expected to Miss 5-6 Weeks

Turner will be sidelined until mid-March after breaking the third metacarpal in his right hand.

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Portland Trail Blazers swingman Evan Turner is expected to miss 5-6 weeks of game action, according to an official release from the team. Turner broke the third metacarpal in his right hand during Tuesday night’s matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. Follow this link for video of the peculiar injury.

Per Trail Blazers

Portland guard expected to be out 5-6 weeks

Further medical evaluation confirms that Portland guard Evan Turner sustained a fracture of the third metacarpal in his right hand.

He is expected to be sidelined for 5-6 weeks. The injury will not require surgery.

Turner injured the hand during the third quarter of Portland’s 114-113 win at Dallas on Tuesday.

In 50 games (10 starts) this season, Turner, 28, is posting averages of 9.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

Turner had a bumpy start to the 2016-17 season, but had begun to find a groove in the starting lineup. At this juncture, it is unclear who will take up the mantle at small forward. Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Allen Crabbe are all options.