BOSTON — With every drive to the rim by Jayson Tatum, or pump fake from Al Horford or Daniel Theis, the Indiana Pacers' void in the middle grows larger.
To contend with the Celtics on Wednesday night — or the Toronto Raptors, who beat them handily three days ago — the Pacers need Myles Turner.
The Pacers (27-14) gave up 68 first-half points to the Celtics, allowed more than 100 before the fourth quarter and lost 135-108 Wednesday night at TD Garden to fall to 2-2 on this trip. The Raptors scored 121 without Kawhi Leonard.
"We sucked against Toronto. We sucked tonight. Period," Victor Oladipo said.
"He's the guy that anchors our defense," coach Nate McMillan said before tip-off of Turner, who missed his third straight game because of a right shoulder injury. "Defends the basket for us."
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