Evan Turner doesn't practice Tuesday, will miss Wednesday's game

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics swingman Evan Turner did not practice Tuesday and will sit out Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a left eye abrasion, according to coach Brad Stevens.

Turner suffered the injury with 15 seconds remaining in Sunday's victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and underwent a reevaluation Monday that confirmed it was merely an abrasion. Stevens said the team will exercise caution with bringing Turner back.

"Evan is good. He's at home. He's not going to be here, not going to practice [Tuesday]. He's not going to play [Wednesday]. But he should be day-to-day after that," Stevens said. "The ophthalmologist saw him [Monday] and, obviously, if he were to play [Wednesday], he would probably be a day ahead of schedule and force him to wear goggles, whatever the case may be."

Added Stevens: "We're hopeful that he can be feeling pretty good by Friday. So I think giving him that extra two days is a probably a good thing anyway."

Stevens said the team felt fortunate that Turner's injury wasn't more severe. He avoided any retinal damage and Stevens noted that Turner was "very lucky in that regard."

Turner started Sunday in place of Avery Bradley, who was not with the team because of the birth of his second child. Turner scored 17 points in Sunday's 107-100 win in Los Angeles.

The Celtics will have Bradley back in the starting lineup Wednesday and rookie guard Terry Rozier should help fill minutes off the bench in Turner's absence.

Boston (45-32) returns home Wednesday after going 3-2 on its West Coast trip. The Celtics and Atlanta Hawks are tied for third place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets.