NEW YORK — A pump fake behind the 3-point line opens up the paint for Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner, and suddenly he takes flight, posterizing Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward in the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs.
“It was an out-of-body experience, that’s the best way to describe it,” Turner says of his high-rising, highlight-reel dunk over Hayward in Game 4. “It was unbelievable. Like, ‘What just happened?’ I didn’t even know how to react. It was crazy.”
Now in his fifth NBA season, Turner, 23, continues to chase that feeling. No time to settle. He wants more.
“It’s addicting,” Turner told Yahoo Sports in the back of a black SUV en route to a business meeting downtown after signing autographs at the NBA Store. “Once you get to the playoffs — especially when you’re playing at home — you just feel the momentum change when you hit a big shot. I’m definitely itching to get back there and finally get out of the first round.”