The Indiana Pacers (18-10) defeated the second place Milwaukee Bucks (18-9) by 16 points Wednesday night, en route to climbing their way back up the Eastern Conference standings with the help of the resurgence of one particular player.
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner had not began the year well. Turner had trouble scoring and finding his rhythm on offense and he was being assaulted in the paint by stronger big. He looked like he forgot how to rebound a basketball. Pacers fans knew he was capable of better, but patience was running low. Then Myles Turner put his dreads into a ponytail.
This ponytail seemed to provide the 6’11 center out of Texas the spark he needed to fully reach his potential. After starting the season averaging about 12 points per game and shooting below 50%, the ponytail has seemed to solve all his scoring issues. Since debuting the new look versus the Washington Wizards on December 10, he has doubled his scoring average – now up to 24.5 PPG, as well as a 53% shooting average.
And on top of that, Myles Turner looks like a 6’11 NBA center again. The magic ponytail has provided him his strength back inside the paint, where he is no longer bullied. He regained the knowledge of how to successfully rebound, and even started swatting away shots again. Maybe every Pacer should put their hair in a ponytail. Maybe every athlete in Indiana should. Could you imagine Andrew Luck?
While the ponytail is likely not magic or does not provide any supernatural abilities, it is nice seeing Myles Turner back to his dominant self again. On top of that, Victor Oladipo is back after missing the last eleven games with a knee injury. The stars are seeming to align for the Pacers to make an important run to gain traction in the Eastern Conference, as they are on a five game win streak before a big conference game in Philadelphia Friday night.