Indiana Pacers: Three things to look for versus Celtics

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Can Myles Turner put pressure on Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter?

Myles Turner has been inconsistent. There’s no other way to put it. The center has had flashes throughout the season but has been unable to string together strong back-to-back performances.

Whether contributing on defense or offense, Turner has been unable to have both aspects of the game come together for a night.

His counterpart, Domantas Sabonis has had no trouble doing this so far this season which has put pressure on Turner.

Tonight allows Turner to get back on track against two centers that can be considered lesser opponents.

The Pacers’ frontcourt is more proven than Boston. With the combination of Sabonis and Turner, the Pacers should be able to establish a presence in the paint.

Offensively, the Pacers’ big men are more dynamic and can force defenders to be uncomfortable. Part of that is due to Sabonis and Turner having the ability to shoot from midrange and beyond.

Turner will be a tough matchup for both Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter due to his ability to stretch the floor. This will allow Turner to put pressure on Theis and Kanter on both offense and defense.

If Turner can hinder Theis and Kanter, the Pacers center should have a strong outing and will be able to put past performances behind him.

With speculation surrounding Turner’s future with the Pacers, the matchup the Celtics present allows the center to remind fans and the front office that is a key cog to what the Pacers do on a nightly basis.

Expect for Turner to come into tonight’s contest motivated and looking to prove a point.

Turner needs to show his value against a strong opponent and tonight is the perfect opportunity for the 23-year-old to do so.